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Portugal: Fans interrupt Sporting practice, assault players

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MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 05: Rodrigo Battaglia (3dL) and his teammate Fredy Montero (L) of Sporting CP react defeated with his teammates after the UEFA Europa League quarter final leg one match between Club Atletico Madrid and Sporting CP at Wanda Metropolitano stadium on April 5, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno

LISBON, Portugal (AP) Portuguese media are reporting that a group of fans forced their way into Sporting Lisbon’s training center on Tuesday and assaulted its players and staff.

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

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Public television RTP says that around 50 intruders, who had covered their faces to not be identified, interrupted practice and assaulted a number players and staff. They also trashed a changing room.

Sporting missed out on a Champions League berth for next season after a loss in the last round of the Portuguese league cost it a second-place finish last weekend.

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