Rojo faces Sporting sanction

Marcos Rojo

Marcos Rojo

First published in Sport

Marcos Rojo is being hit with disciplinary action by Sporting Lisbon amid talk of him being wanted by Manchester United.

Reports suggest United have made a bid of around £16m for the 24-year-old Argentina international and that Rojo has refused to train with Sporting, handed in a transfer request and asked to be allowed to join the Red Devils.

Saints boss Ronald Koeman had previously admitted an interest in signing Rojo, but that has cooled due to the imminent arrival of Florin Gardos.

Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho has been quoted as saying that both Rojo and team-mate Islam Slimani are "subject to strong disciplinary measures" and will not play in the club's Portuguese league opener against Academica on Saturday.

De Carvalho, quoted by Portuguese newspaper Record from an interview with Sporting TV, said: "They will not play next weekend.

"This will take as long as it takes. If something doesn't change, you're going to end up with the players seeing out their contracts.

"They can watch the game on television.

"On Saturday, against Academica, we will play to win and we will win.

"There is no player bigger than the club. I would not give up the honour, the club's history, for the attitudes of anyone.

"I give a piece of advice: don't use the press, be professional.

"These two, in defence of our magnificent group, must be removed. They are subject to strong disciplinary measures.

"Both players have taken decisions that have caused sharp indiscipline at Sporting.

"A message: any player who does not follow the rules of the club can have illusions and pretensions, but with the way these two did things, the situation is just complicated."

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11:27am Wed 13 Aug 14

mgprobert says...

It seems Rojo has been reading the Lovren book of contract loyalty - players are bigger than the clubs these days - just a modern fact of life
It seems Rojo has been reading the Lovren book of contract loyalty - players are bigger than the clubs these days - just a modern fact of life mgprobert
  • Score: 20

11:27am Wed 13 Aug 14

Sally Hamilton Original says...

It comes to something when players act like this. If players sign a contract they should only be able to discuss moves with clubs in their final year. It's as simple as that and what contracts are meant to be for.
It comes to something when players act like this. If players sign a contract they should only be able to discuss moves with clubs in their final year. It's as simple as that and what contracts are meant to be for. Sally Hamilton Original
  • Score: 22

11:42am Wed 13 Aug 14

montecristosaint says...

Sally Hamilton Original wrote:
It comes to something when players act like this. If players sign a contract they should only be able to discuss moves with clubs in their final year. It's as simple as that and what contracts are meant to be for.
You are absolutely right. I would go so far as to say the rules regarding transfer behavior by both clubs and players need tightening up, too much blatant tapping up is going on which only adds fuel to the fire. Players need to inwardly digest that a contract is a n agreement they have to comply with, they do not have the right to tear it up as soon as they think they are going to get a better offer. We, as fans should demand that the FA does something to repair the damage that has been done in particular to the Premier league this summer, with Saints bearing the brunt of the abuse of the transfer system carried out by Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United in particular. Do nothing and the Premier league will be reduced to a farce where only the top four clubs have a chance of winning anything.
[quote][p][bold]Sally Hamilton Original[/bold] wrote: It comes to something when players act like this. If players sign a contract they should only be able to discuss moves with clubs in their final year. It's as simple as that and what contracts are meant to be for.[/p][/quote]You are absolutely right. I would go so far as to say the rules regarding transfer behavior by both clubs and players need tightening up, too much blatant tapping up is going on which only adds fuel to the fire. Players need to inwardly digest that a contract is a n agreement they have to comply with, they do not have the right to tear it up as soon as they think they are going to get a better offer. We, as fans should demand that the FA does something to repair the damage that has been done in particular to the Premier league this summer, with Saints bearing the brunt of the abuse of the transfer system carried out by Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United in particular. Do nothing and the Premier league will be reduced to a farce where only the top four clubs have a chance of winning anything. montecristosaint
  • Score: 24

11:48am Wed 13 Aug 14

montecristosaint says...

How about it Daily Echo, I challenge you to set up a petition to the FA asking for the current rules with regard to the transfer window and the operation of contracts generally to be changed to prevent the abuse of the bigger clubs which has been all too evident this summer.
If nothing is done what is to say that the same thing will not happen again especially to Saints who have a habit of turning out excellent players from their academy.
Saints fans, along with those supporting other lesser lights up and down the country have every right to expect that the players they supported throughout the season will still be therefor the next, and not sold off to the first mega club that comes calling.
How about it Daily Echo, I challenge you to set up a petition to the FA asking for the current rules with regard to the transfer window and the operation of contracts generally to be changed to prevent the abuse of the bigger clubs which has been all too evident this summer. If nothing is done what is to say that the same thing will not happen again especially to Saints who have a habit of turning out excellent players from their academy. Saints fans, along with those supporting other lesser lights up and down the country have every right to expect that the players they supported throughout the season will still be therefor the next, and not sold off to the first mega club that comes calling. montecristosaint
  • Score: 31

12:32pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Folkestone Saint says...

Good on Sporting, I gather if they refused to play Sporting can refuse to pay.

Les, THIS is how you negotiate with players/mercinary's, I want to support my club in the Prem, I don't want my club to support the prem
Good on Sporting, I gather if they refused to play Sporting can refuse to pay. Les, THIS is how you negotiate with players/mercinary's, I want to support my club in the Prem, I don't want my club to support the prem Folkestone Saint
  • Score: 24

1:38pm Wed 13 Aug 14

paulmsh says...

Sounds like we should be bidding for Islam Slimani too, whoever he is!
Sounds like we should be bidding for Islam Slimani too, whoever he is! paulmsh
  • Score: -3

2:21pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Numpty Girl says...

montecristosaint wrote:
Sally Hamilton Original wrote:
It comes to something when players act like this. If players sign a contract they should only be able to discuss moves with clubs in their final year. It's as simple as that and what contracts are meant to be for.
You are absolutely right. I would go so far as to say the rules regarding transfer behavior by both clubs and players need tightening up, too much blatant tapping up is going on which only adds fuel to the fire. Players need to inwardly digest that a contract is a n agreement they have to comply with, they do not have the right to tear it up as soon as they think they are going to get a better offer. We, as fans should demand that the FA does something to repair the damage that has been done in particular to the Premier league this summer, with Saints bearing the brunt of the abuse of the transfer system carried out by Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United in particular. Do nothing and the Premier league will be reduced to a farce where only the top four clubs have a chance of winning anything.
My sentiments entirely, but if this rule were brought in it would need to include a minimum contract term of, say, three years - otherwise agents and players would get round it by only signing twelve month deals.
[quote][p][bold]montecristosaint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sally Hamilton Original[/bold] wrote: It comes to something when players act like this. If players sign a contract they should only be able to discuss moves with clubs in their final year. It's as simple as that and what contracts are meant to be for.[/p][/quote]You are absolutely right. I would go so far as to say the rules regarding transfer behavior by both clubs and players need tightening up, too much blatant tapping up is going on which only adds fuel to the fire. Players need to inwardly digest that a contract is a n agreement they have to comply with, they do not have the right to tear it up as soon as they think they are going to get a better offer. We, as fans should demand that the FA does something to repair the damage that has been done in particular to the Premier league this summer, with Saints bearing the brunt of the abuse of the transfer system carried out by Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United in particular. Do nothing and the Premier league will be reduced to a farce where only the top four clubs have a chance of winning anything.[/p][/quote]My sentiments entirely, but if this rule were brought in it would need to include a minimum contract term of, say, three years - otherwise agents and players would get round it by only signing twelve month deals. Numpty Girl
  • Score: 6

3:24pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Saint Jinx says...

montecristosaint wrote:
Sally Hamilton Original wrote:
It comes to something when players act like this. If players sign a contract they should only be able to discuss moves with clubs in their final year. It's as simple as that and what contracts are meant to be for.
You are absolutely right. I would go so far as to say the rules regarding transfer behavior by both clubs and players need tightening up, too much blatant tapping up is going on which only adds fuel to the fire. Players need to inwardly digest that a contract is a n agreement they have to comply with, they do not have the right to tear it up as soon as they think they are going to get a better offer. We, as fans should demand that the FA does something to repair the damage that has been done in particular to the Premier league this summer, with Saints bearing the brunt of the abuse of the transfer system carried out by Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United in particular. Do nothing and the Premier league will be reduced to a farce where only the top four clubs have a chance of winning anything.
Absolutely. Something has to be done. It all starts the moment they mention "small clubs" and "big clubs" - that's part of the game and it has to stop. I reckon there should be a limit on the number of players that can be sold by any one club in a year and also players and clubs and managers should be FORCED to see out at least half their contract.
[quote][p][bold]montecristosaint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sally Hamilton Original[/bold] wrote: It comes to something when players act like this. If players sign a contract they should only be able to discuss moves with clubs in their final year. It's as simple as that and what contracts are meant to be for.[/p][/quote]You are absolutely right. I would go so far as to say the rules regarding transfer behavior by both clubs and players need tightening up, too much blatant tapping up is going on which only adds fuel to the fire. Players need to inwardly digest that a contract is a n agreement they have to comply with, they do not have the right to tear it up as soon as they think they are going to get a better offer. We, as fans should demand that the FA does something to repair the damage that has been done in particular to the Premier league this summer, with Saints bearing the brunt of the abuse of the transfer system carried out by Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United in particular. Do nothing and the Premier league will be reduced to a farce where only the top four clubs have a chance of winning anything.[/p][/quote]Absolutely. Something has to be done. It all starts the moment they mention "small clubs" and "big clubs" - that's part of the game and it has to stop. I reckon there should be a limit on the number of players that can be sold by any one club in a year and also players and clubs and managers should be FORCED to see out at least half their contract. Saint Jinx
  • Score: 11

4:52pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Positively4thStreet says...

Les Reed take note..this is how you talk to want away players.
Unless of course..there is another agenda?
Les Reed take note..this is how you talk to want away players. Unless of course..there is another agenda? Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 4

5:47pm Wed 13 Aug 14

cotswoldsaint says...

Maybe Rojo has been taking lessons in loyalty from his fellow countryman MoPo?
Maybe Rojo has been taking lessons in loyalty from his fellow countryman MoPo? cotswoldsaint
  • Score: 3

5:59pm Wed 13 Aug 14

costa gaz says...

... and if we were fortunate enough to sign such a talent.
I'm sure you would all be saying the same thing... oh dear.
... and if we were fortunate enough to sign such a talent. I'm sure you would all be saying the same thing... oh dear. costa gaz
  • Score: -9

6:14pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Beondajoke says...

Per 1 month left on signed contract = 1 game missed for new club signed + wage embargo for player per game missed..... Bwahhahaha Simples....... Over a year left on contract = castration = less agent persuasion
Per 1 month left on signed contract = 1 game missed for new club signed + wage embargo for player per game missed..... Bwahhahaha Simples....... Over a year left on contract = castration = less agent persuasion Beondajoke
  • Score: 1

10:03pm Wed 13 Aug 14

NewforestSaint_79 says...

We haven't signed him thank god! The guy sounds like a pr1ck any way, can do without players like that regardless of how talented he is...
We haven't signed him thank god! The guy sounds like a pr1ck any way, can do without players like that regardless of how talented he is... NewforestSaint_79
  • Score: 2

10:55pm Wed 13 Aug 14

hedge end bob says...

Agree with above posts. Contracts hold no water in todays world. Players sign them for security until along comes a better offer. Yes the. FA should protect the other clubs outside the top four from being plundered year after year by these clubs, it makes thr Premier League a joke as far as a fair competition is concearned.
Agree with above posts. Contracts hold no water in todays world. Players sign them for security until along comes a better offer. Yes the. FA should protect the other clubs outside the top four from being plundered year after year by these clubs, it makes thr Premier League a joke as far as a fair competition is concearned. hedge end bob
  • Score: 1

7:02am Thu 14 Aug 14

FindAndDestroy says...

If a player wants out, the club should price them up, so they can buy they own way out.....
No loyalty whatsoever... whats the point of having a contract if you cant stick to it??? it's madness..
If a player wants out, the club should price them up, so they can buy they own way out..... No loyalty whatsoever... whats the point of having a contract if you cant stick to it??? it's madness.. FindAndDestroy
  • Score: 0

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