Sporting president hits back at Leicester and Silva

Matt Stead

Sporting Lisbon president Bruno de Carvalho has hit back at Leicester and Adrien Silva.

Silva joined Leicester in the summer for £22million, but was ineligible to play for the club as the necessary paperwork was filed 14 seconds after the designated deadline.

The midfielder was officially registered in January and has since played six times for the Foxes.

He has previously discussed the difficulty he faced in not being able to play for any team for a number of months, blaming president Carvalho for the issues.

“He tried, I think, to protect his club. But in football it’s more important when you represent a club to protect the human or the player,” Silva told The Guardian earlier this month.

The president, the man who coined the ‘dildo brothers’ nickname for West Ham’s co-owners, has hit back.

‘An interview that I hope is mistranslated, because hearing that Adrien is disappointed with me I don’t know whether to laugh or to cry, depending on the state of mind,’ he wrote on Facebook.

‘So his new club was that the one that delayed for 14 seconds, because they didn’t want to sign our version of the contract, as they wanted to write everything the same but in the paper of their club.

‘Then, without having any responsibility, I gave orders to my legal department to help Leicester to try to solve the case with FIFA.

‘Then he came to Lisbon to be honoured at the stadium where he had been living with me and my family. Not to mention a game that he left on a stretcher and where there was a serious injury on the area of the spine, and I was by his side and in contact all night with his family to calm them and to make them the point of the situation.

‘Anyway, I hope that the translation is all wrong, because if it is correct I already say that Sporting CP failed very much in the work of making him a man.

‘And I hope I do not have to talk about it anymore, and that Adrien has the honest and manly gesture of coming to men d all this message that has gone out and that in no way corresponds to the truth.’


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