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FIFPro Division Europe stands in support and solidarity with the players of Sporting CP, who were subjected to an unacceptable act of aggression and violence in the practice facilities of their club last week.

We condemn in the strongest terms the attacks towards the players and coaching staff and stand ready to assist the victims in any form. 

It is unfortunately by no means an isolated incident of violence perpetrated against players. FIFPro’s 2016 Global Employment Report revealed that almost 10% of players across the world faced violence related to their job to play football.

It is the right of every worker and every football player to conduct his or her job in a safe and healthy environment, free of threats of physical or psychological violence. The current case once again shows the ugliest side of our profession as football players and FIFPro Division Europe continues to insist that all institutions and individuals with responsibility for professional football on our continent take the necessary steps to prevent such acts in the future.