Portuguese side Sporting CP have been in the news quite a lot as of late following several reports of unrest, as well as feuding between the board, coach and players.
The Dutch striker talked to Dutch newspaper AD from hospital, where he received six stitches for wounds on his head after being hit by 'proba' a belt.
Various sporting "fans" broke into Alcochete, Sporting's training complex, and are alleged to have assaulted their star man, Bas Dost. No matter how disgruntled fans are, they should NEVER blame/assault the players. Pathetic behaviour. pic.twitter.com/cVrg91LXA1— Marino Peixoto (@Marinovpeixoto) May 15, 2018
Sporting CP hooligans attacked their own players at club's training ground.— When Sunday Comes (@WSCsupporters) May 15, 2018
Fans were not pleased by missing out the Champions League spot. pic.twitter.com/4EeiMWWH1k
"Sporting is not this, Sporting can not be this," the club said in a statement following the attack.
CRAZY stuff going on with @SportingCP_en right now.— Luca LaPorta (@Luca_LaPorta) May 15, 2018
Players and staff beat up by random men, including Bas Dost it looks like who had like close to 35 goals I think this year. Wow...
"We will make every effort to establish full responsibility for what has happened and we will demand the punishment of those who acted in this absolutely pitiful way."
The Primeira Liga also put out a statement, branding the individuals responsible 'criminals'.
"The behaviours that are being reported by the press are regrettable and have no place in professional football. The perpetrators are not football fans, but criminals."
There were already reports of players looking to leave the club this summer. And if those claims were false, that's very likely to change given the current state of affairs.