The Portugal No.1 joined Wolves last month on a free transfer after rescinding his deal with Sporting Lisbon

Portuguese side Sporting CP have filed a complaint with FIFA against goalkeeper Rui Patricio and his new club Wolverhampton Wanderers, demanding €54.7m in compensation over the deal.

Patricio, who has won over 70 caps for Portugal, has signed a four-year deal with the Premier League newcomers.

He terminated his contract at the start of June, after being abused by angry fans. He claimed that fans attacked their own side’s players at the club’s training ground after they missed out on qualifying to the Champions League.

Patricio stated: “I was the victim of physical and psychological violence, so in order to preserve my personal and professional dignity, I wish to end the contract that ties me to Sporting.”

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Patricio had played for Sporting since the age of 13, joining the first team when he was 18 – back in 2006. During his time with the club, he made 327 league appearances.

Portuguese publication Record released a copy of the extensive legal document, filed through the law firm of Juan de Dios Crespo Pérez, a Spanish lawyer and specialist in sports law and contract litigation.

According to the legal documents, Sporting arrived at the €54.7m fee they are pursuing due to an agreement by both parties involved – Sporting and representatives for Patricio – that the player’s market value stands at €45m.

Added to this was then the remaining value of the player’s contract at Sporting, which stands at €9.7m – totaling up to the sum the Portuguese club are pursuing against Patricio and Wolves.

Sporting officials claim that Patricio didn’t have the necessary ‘just cause’ to terminate his contract.

They also called on Patricio, their former captain, to be banned from playing for 6 months and for Wolves to be banned from registering players in either of the next two transfer windows.

Wolves insist they have done nothing wrong and are confident that the deal they’ve agreed with Patricio is legally secure.

If they and Sporting don’t reach a compromise, then FIFA will be forced to make a judgment.


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