Vitória with 18 players sick to face Sporting

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OK, not that this matters much for fans outside Portugal, but this has got people talking here and I'd like to hear opinions from people who have no dog in the race.

Basically tomorrow Sporting will play Vitória Setúbal, but in the last couple of days a virus has spread among the Vitória squad and according to the club they have 18 out of 26 players sick. They had to go to the hospital yesterday and haven't been training.

Vitória asked Sporting to postpone the match to be played in the next day of cup fixtures, since both teams have been knocked out and won't play that day.

Sporting has refused and apparently according to regulations the league can't do anything if Sporting doesn't accept it and Vitória will have to play with youth players.

So if you were a Sporting fan would you want your team to accept postponing the match or would you take an easy game against a weakened opponent? Of course here Sporting fans say it's not their fault and they don't want to have a congestion of fixtures later on, opponents are calling them out for not having fair play.

What says the caf?
 

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I’d probably fall on the side of agreeing to a postponement, but it’s not really Sporting’s problem.
 

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Vitoria should take revenge by playing one of the sick players and having him take turns marking each Sporting player extremely closely, breathing right in their face a few times on corners and such.
 

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Why don’t they send one of the sick players on a sneezing mission to Sporting’s training ground?
 

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Why don’t they send one of the sick players on a sneezing mission to Sporting’s training ground?
Pipe down Bielsa.
 

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The game would be off if there was a tragedy. But if the club served dodgy chicken or something and half the squad got sick? That isn't Sportings problem.
 

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Sporting should have no say in the matter, the League should make a call.

If Vitoria have 18 of 26 first team squad players sick, then that means they have 8 first teamers and 3 kids playing. Not THAT bad.
 

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Sporting should have no say in the matter, the League should make a call.

If Vitoria have 18 of 26 first team squad players sick, then that means they have 8 first teamers and 3 kids playing. Not THAT bad.
Could be that 3 of the 8 are keepers.
 

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Vitoria should do a Sheffield United and try and get the game abandoned by having 3 players sent off and a further 2 get “injured”
 

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We ll send our main scout - he ll think Sportings players look World-class and sign 3 of them :)
 

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Is this game still going ahead? Seen earlier that Vitoria are refusing to play, but may have been a bad translation.

Also, is there a confirmed list of players that are out?
 

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Sporting at 1.25 is decent odds then.
 

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All depends on how close it is in the title race.

Like during the game, opponent might kick the ball out of courtesy to an injured player at the start of the game when it's 0-0. No chance the same player would do it if it was 87th minute and his team was down 2-1.
 

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Big time brag: if this was italy the game would be post-poned by police because they couldn't guarantee the safety of players and fans

:wenger:

:(
 

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I don't think anyone would genuinely agree to let a rival off! It's professional competitive football, not your local Cock and Biscuits Village kick about!

Bolton somehow got away without a points deduction for calling a game off very late this season, because their young team were "Knackered". Doncaster were fuming.
 

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Sporting can do as they please, really. Unfortunate, but it do be like that sometimes.
 

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Only last weekend, a game in the WSL between West Ham and Everton Ladies got postponed due to a flu spreading through the West Ham squad. In that case, it was the FA that made that call for "player welfare" reasons, so it sounds like Everton didn't have to agree to postpone the game.
 

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Were 1.9 before the info was public. Think they are still value if the replacements are kids/players who are still ill.
Spiersey sniffs out the gambling talk :lol:
 

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Just play the game and give youth team players a game.

Who knows, kids could be much better than expected.
 

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Well they are one place below them, if United were playing Spurs would you want us to reschedule the match if they had 18 players out, I wouldn’t
 

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Well they are one place below them, if United were playing Spurs would you want us to reschedule the match if they had 18 players out, I wouldn’t
Yes I absolutely would want our club to behave honorably and respect the extreme circumstances. There is no honor in winning over a club depleted by a virus. I would not want to support a club of a-holes. This is extremely un-sportsmen behavior. It's actually the opposite of "professional" behavior. Everybody who behaves like that has no self-respect and you don't build a winning team on the shoulders of cowards.

Shame on Sporting.
 

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Yes I absolutely would want our club to behave honorably and respect the extreme circumstances. There is no honor on winning over a club depleted by a virus. I would not want to support a club of a-holes. This is extremely un-sportsmen behavior.

Shame on Sporting.
F that. If Chelsea were playing Spurs in a league match and Spurs had to field 3 kids alongside 8 first team players (with a bench of kids) then I'd want the game to be played and I'd want to batter them.

Players of all teams act without honour in ever single game. We're not Klingons and it's only football.
 

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Is Bruno Fernandes going to play? I hope they don’t sneeze on him if he does. Can’t turn up here unavailable !
 

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u23s playing currently, Ive got Chao (1700 mins), Neymar (1400) Cortzez (1260 mins) Sory (1600), Canadas (800) Langa (1500), Serrao (1400), Valido (900) all missing. Guessing most of these are in first team squad later. Unsure if they'll be starting though or just making up numbers on the bench.
 

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Sporting should have no say in the matter, the League should make a call.

If Vitoria have 18 of 26 first team squad players sick, then that means they have 8 first teamers and 3 kids playing. Not THAT bad.
I believe that Sporting should make the call, because you wouldn’t want the League to side with one of the teams.
 

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I believe that Sporting should make the call, because you wouldn’t want the League to side with one of the teams.
Just make a rule, something like "If an independent doctor says X% of the first team squad are suddenly too sick to play, the game is postponed". That way nobody other than a medical professional has to make a decision.