Record: Messy legal battle beckons as Sporting launch new €45m appeal against Milan forward

By Oliver Fisher -

Portuguese side Sporting CP are set to launch yet another legal battle against AC Milan striker Rafael Leao with regards to compensation, a report claims.

The situation stems from an incident back in 2018 when Sporting fans attacked players at the club’s training ground, causing a number of them to terminate their contracts and move elsewhere.

Leao went to Lille before moving to Milan in a deal widely reported to be worth €28m just 12 months later, and Sporting believe his contract was unjustly ended prematurely and that they are entitled to a compensation fee.

The Portuguese side in fact filed a request for compensation with FIFA for damages equal to €45million, which was rejected by the governing body, but it was then revealed that Leao will be ordered to pay €16.5m.

However, according to the latest from Record (via MilanLive), Sporting are not happy with the verdict of Lisbon TAD, the Arbitral Tribunal of Portuguese sport.

The newspaper states that a new claim for €45,292,516 will be made – plus interest – and that for Leao the situation could get worse, with Jorge Mendes and his attorneys studying countermeasures.

Lille do not intend to participate in the payment of compensation, and the same goes for Milan who have already paid their part by giving the French side a transfer fee.


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