Thursday, May 24, 2018
News

Sporting Lisbon officials arrested for corruption

   SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend    Print this Page   COMMENT

Lisbon | Thursday, 2018 2:45:01 PM IST
Two officials from Sporting Lisbon were arrested while the club's players were still reeling from being physically attacked by fans at a training session.

The corruption arrests followed a Judicial Police swoop on Sporting Lisbon's club headquarters in Alvalade here on Wednesday, reports Xinhua news agency.

According to the Correio da Manha newspaper, the arrests relate to an alleged corruption scheme whereby referees were bribed to favour Sporting Lisbon in handball games.

The newspaper reported that the investigation, code-named "Cashball", is also looking into underhand payments related to six football matches.

Sporting Lisbon is best known for its football team. But it also has high-profile teams in several other sports, including handball, basketball, indoor football and roller-hockey.

Meanwhile, 23 Sporting Lisbon supporters appeared before the Criminal Court of Barreiro, a town across the River Tagus from Lisbon, accused of assaulting the club's footballers.

Some 50 people broke into Sporting Lisbon's training complex in Alcochete, in the Barreiro district, on Tuesday and attacked a number of Sporting Lisbon footballers.

The players were preparing for a training session ahead of Portugal's Cup Final on Sunday in which Sporting Lisbon face Desportivo das Aves.

The intruders, who claimed to be fans and all had their faces covered, ran across the training pitches and entered the changing rooms, where they allegedly verbally and physically abused players and coaching staff.

Some sources claim players were slapped, punched and headbutted.

The attackers were said to be protesting Sporting Lisbon's poor performance in the final game of the league season on Sunday.

A 1-2 defeat to Maritimo meant that Sporting Lisbon finished third in the championship, one place below their city rivals Benfica, and thus missed out on qualification for the Champions League.

The club have said that the players still intend to play in the cup final on Sunday although they are in a state of shock.

--IANS gau/mr

( 322 Words)

2018-05-17-14:12:07 (IANS)

Watch News Videos

 
  LATEST COMMENTS ()
POST YOUR COMMENT
Comments Not Available
 
POST YOUR COMMENT
 
TRENDING TOPICS
 
 
 
CITY NEWS
MORE CITIES
 
MORE SPORTS NEWS
IPL '18: KKR edge past RR to book Qualif...
IPL-Playoffs: Needed someone to bat thro...
Cricket fraternity bids adieu to ABD...
Rahane disappointed with batting as RR c...
'Tired' de Villiers retires from interna...
Bolivar to face Delfin in critical Copa ...
More...
 
INDIA WORLD ASIA
Subedar Abdul Sattar attains martyrdom i...
Delhi HC to continue hearing Upendra Rai...
Argentines brace for crisis as nation ag...
Yuan eases on weaker fixing, retreat in ...
Petrol, diesel prices soar for 11th cons...
PM to preside over a convocation at Visv...
More...    
 
 Top Stories
Pak troops open new front, targets... 
China says has not promised to cut ... 
Bank of Korea chief says decision t... 
Europe, U.S. 'far from a compromise... 
U.S.-led coalition hits Syrian army... 
N.Korea says future of summit with ... 
At least four dead, 15 wounded in B... 
Yemen appoints new minister of fore...