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Polish football players are fighting back against bullying by clubs after repeated incidents of their fellow professionals being forced to train alone for not agreeing to new contract terms.

In the latest case, Slask Wroclaw ordered striker Sebino Plaku to endure brutal 14-hour days for six months after he refused to cut his pay by more than half. Plaku says team officials “did everything to destroy my mind.”

The treatment is so common in Poland that it has a name: “The Coconut Club.” It got the name after Daniel “Kokos” Kokosinski was harassed by Polonia Warsaw in 2009. Kokos means coconut in Polish.

As part of the campaign organized by Polish players union PZP, teammates at Olimpia Grudziaz gathered in the second-division team’s dressing room and shouted “Let’s smash the Coconut Club” before Patryk Skórecki demolished a coconut with a hammer.

Lukasz Surma, who has played more than 500 games in Poland’s first division, joined Ruch Chorzow teammates Mariusz Stępiński and Michał Efir to symbolically attack a coconut with a spanner.

Mateusz Bak tore into one with a long-handled axe by the side of a training field. Bak. a player with first-division Lechia Gdansk, has had experience of "The Coconut Club" during his career.

Pawel Mandrysz, a player for Poland’s Under 18 team, destroyed a coconut by hurling it onto the driveway of his house. Other players are also taking part in the campaign and posting their videos on social media.

Watch a compilation of some of the videos below and follow the PZP campaign on social media at #KOKOSmash.