West Ham Midfield Target Considering Leaving Sporting Lisbon Following Ultra Attack

West Ham Midfield Target Considering Leaving Sporting Lisbon Following Ultra Attack

A group of around 50 people forced their way into Sporting Lisbon's training centre on Tuesday and assaulted players and staff.

It has been claimed that Battaglia's agents are now ready to work to terminate their client's contract with the club and he could leave Sporting Lisbon during the upcoming window.

Wearing t-shirts bearing the club's logo the gang broke into Sporting's training ground and went on the rampage, terrorising players and personnel and vandalising dressing rooms. A photograph of his bloodied face appeared on social media.

The incidents came at the end of a tumultuous season for Sporting, who finished third in the Primeira Liga and reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

It is preparing to play the Portuguese Cup final against Aves on Sunday.

He added: "I'm concerned as Portugal is a power in professional football, and I'm anxious about the seriousness of what's happened".

"The perpetrators of these incidents are not fans of football, they are criminals", the league said.

Following the attack, fans gathered to support their team and protest the brutality against the players and management.

Sporting has issued a statement condemning what it calls "acts of vandalism and the attacks on (our) athletes, coaches and professional staff".

According to the local media, cited by, around 50 hooded intruders carrying torches attacked the players, with belts and iron elements at the Sporting Academia training base.

Club president Bruno de Carvalho last month threatened to suspend almost the entire first-team squad after becoming involved in a public spat with the players over their performance in a Europa League match against Atletico Madrid.