CAS orders Milan’s Rafael Leao to pay Sporting €16.5m in damages

AC Milan forward Rafael Leao has been ordered to pay €16.5 million to former side Sporting Club for the unilateral termination of his contract in 2018. The ruling was made by Portugal’s Court of Arbitration for Sport — Tribunal Arbitral do Desporto (TAS).

They also ordered the club to make a payment of €40,000 to Leao for the practice of moral siege. Sporting initially requested for a €45m compensation while the Portuguese forward had demanded a payment of 100,000 in damages.

On May 15, 2018, members of the Sporting team with players, staff, and personnel inclusive were attacked at their academy by a group of 40 persons claiming to be supporters. As a result of the attack, nine players canceled their contracts including Portugal Under-21 star Rafael Leao.

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Leao who is currently 20, proceeded to join Ligue 1 side Lille as a free agent in August 2018. He then made the move to AC Milan for an undisclosed fee, reportedly around €35m in August 2019.

According to a statement released on Thursday by Sporting’s market regulator (CMVM), the ruling made by TAS stated that Leao had to compensate Sporting for “unlawful termination of the sports employment contract.”

Meanwhile, The ruling can be appealed. It can be recalled that the Portuguese outfit announced on February 26 that they would launch an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport after FIFA ruled against the club receiving compensation from Leao and Ruben Ribeiro. another player who unilaterally annulled his contract in 2018.

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