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The Austrian professional footballers association VdF condemns the actions taken by Red Bull Salzburg, after the Austrian champions having banished on Thursday five of its players from the first team squad.


Brazilian players Douglas, Cristiano and Leonardo, Swede Rasmus Lindgren and Uruguayan Joaquín Boghossian were told they would be training with reserve team FC Liefering, who play in the third tier, until they would find new clubs. ‘They won't have any more part to play for us’, sporting director Ralf Rangnick told reporters. ‘It doesn't make any sense to have a 30-man squad.’


The VdF, the Austrian footballers association, immediately published a press release. ‘According to the collective agreement, the players have the right to train with the first team squad’, said players’ union general manager Rudi Novotny. ‘The players have the right to terminate their contract with immediate effect and are entitled to all financial claims until the end of their contract.’


‘It is completely incomprehensible to blame the players for the personnel policy of the club’, Novotny continued. ‘To disallow a player to train with the first team is a clear violation of labor law. Therefore, the VdF will support the players.’


During the latest transfer window, thirteen players (including the five banned footballers) have left Red Bull Salzburg or have been told they have no future at the club, while 11 have been signed, including five on the transfer deadline day.