Sporting goes to justice in the case João Mário – ZAP

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In a statement, the Alvalade club considers that Inter Milan and the player used “an expedient” to “exempt” from what they signed in 2016 and that required the payment of 30 million euros in case the athlete signed for another Portuguese club.

The lions will go to court in the João Mário case.

In a statement, the Alvalade club guarantees that “it is the conviction of the Board of Directors of Sporting Clube de Portugal – Futebol, SAD that an expedient was used for Inter and player João Mário to seek to avoid what they signed with Sporting Clube de Portugal – Futebol, SAD in 2016”, namely the clause that would oblige Inter to pay 30 million euros to the lions if they transferred the midfielder to another Portuguese club.

O Sporting “will not fail to defend the interests in its own headquarters, making the interveners responsible for the damage caused and for the non-compliance with the assumed obligations”, it can also be read.

Here is the release in full:

“In view of the news that came to the public yesterday and today, Sporting SAD informs the following:

In 2016, upon the transfer of player João Mário from Sporting CP to FC Internazionale Milano, the Italian club and player João Mário undertook, among other things, to make an additional payment of €30,000,000 if and when the player would be registered in favor of Portuguese clubs, including SLB;

As is public and notorious, FC Internazionale Milano and the player João Mário agreed yesterday to terminate, by agreement, the employment contract that united them, so that the player, continuous act, would be bound by an employment contract with SLB ; this after FC Internazionale Milano had refused an offer from Sporting Clube de Portugal – Futebol, SAD for the player in question;

It is the conviction of the Board of Directors of Sporting Clube de Portugal – Futebol, SAD that an expedient was used for Inter and the player João Mário to seek to avoid what they signed with Sporting Clube de Portugal – Futebol, SAD in 2016;

And that this expedient only illustrates that all parties knew the obligations they assumed in 2016 and which, after 5 years, they intend to avoid;

Sporting Clube de Portugal – Futebol, SAD will not publicly feed this newsletter, which aims to divert uncomfortable attention from other current affairs;

But it will not fail to defend the interests of Sporting Clube de Portugal and Sporting Clube de Portugal – Futebol, SAD in its own headquarters, holding the interveners responsible for the damages caused and for the non-fulfilment of the assumed obligations”.

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