Sporting Lisbon want compensation for three players who chose to terminate their contracts with the Portuguese club and chose to join other teams, among them Wolves and their signing goalkeeper, Rui Patricio, from whom they are demanding £50 million.
According to The BBC, Sporting have made formal complains to FIFA, the world’s governing body, about Patricio, and two other players, Gelson Martins and Daniel Podence, and their new clubs.
The dispute came about because of a series of controversies surrounding Sporting towards the end of last season, beginning with the club’s president claiming to have suspended 19 players after a Europa League defeat, and culminating with an attack on players and club staff by supporters at the training ground.
As a result, nine player chose to leave the club without waiting to be transferred, and although Sporting have received compensation for some of those that left, they believe they are entitled to fees in the region of £89 million for Martins, who joined Atlético Madrid, and £27 million from Olympiakos for Podence, as well as the sum they want from Wolves.
The final decision on the matter is likely to lie with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.