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The Red Bull Salzburg management has to cancel the banishment of the five footballers from the first team squad within eight days, otherwise the Austrian professional footballers association VdF will take legal action on behalf of these players.


On Wednesday, the VdF issued this warning via a press release.


Last Thursday, Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg banished five players from its 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 league, until they would find new clubs.


‘This is a total disregard of labor law’, says VdF general manager Rudi Novotny, referring to the collective bargaining agreement which states that all players have the right to train with the first team squad.


‘It is unacceptable that collective agreements are adopted, which are then not met  by clubs individually. This is a blatant violation of the CBA regulations.’


Novotny continues: ‘We hope that Red Bull Salzburg prefers a reasonable solution to legal proceedings.’