Rafael Leao forced to pay Sporting €16.5m compensation: “Part of his salary will be withheld”

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan striker Rafael Leao will be forced to give up part of his salary in order to repay his former club Sporting CP, they have confirmed.

Leao joined Milan from Lille back in August, but back when he did arrive it was revealed that his former club Sporting – where he came through the academy – are not happy about the situation.

Back in July 2018, the club’s fans attacked players and coaches while they trained, leading to a number of players ending their contract. Some of them, including Leao, went on to be sold by their new clubs and Sporting believe they were robbed of a transfer fee.

There was an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (TAS) by the Portuguese club, and TAS sentenced the player to compensate Sporting the amount of €16.5million for the unlawful termination of his contract.

As Calciomercato.com reports, the arrangement reached with the Portuguese club has been confirmed by Sporting’s communications manager, Miguel Braga.

“Sporting, faced with what is rightfully theirs, are acting in the right way to ensure that the refund is made. We know that the player has not opposed foreclosures,” he said.

“Moreover, part of his salary will be withheld to reach the amount we are entitled to. It is the normal way to act in such a situation.”

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