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Ex Sporting president who called West Ham co-owners Sullivan and Gold 'the dildo brothers' in Bruno Fernandes storm?
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Ex Sporting president who called West Ham co-owners Sullivan and Gold 'the dildo brothers' in Bruno Fernandes storm?

The former Sporting CP president who labelled West Ham United co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold ‘the dildo brothers’ could find himself involved in a FIFA storm involving Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes.

Back in 2017 a war of words erupted between Sporting Lisbon and West Ham over the Hammers’s pursuit of midfielder William Carvalho.

It was a saga which ran for months and proved fruitless for West Ham as they failed to land Carvalho. Three years on Carvalho’s former Sporting teammate Fernandes has made a splash in the Premier League after a big money move to Manchester United.

But a new FIFA storm has erupted surrounding the deal. And Bruno de Carvalho, the man who questioned the integrity of Sullivan and Gold and made them a laughing stock, could find himself a central figure.

Relations between West Ham and Sporting soured when Sullivan and Gold claimed the Portuguese club had accepted a bid from the Hammers for Carvalho but that there had not been enough time to carry out “adequate medical checks” for what it is understood would have been a club record deal at the time (Evening Standard).

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Bitter feud saw Hammers owners labelled ‘dildo brothers’

Sporting accused West Ham of lying, which resulted in the threat of legal action from the Hammers.

The feud then deepened when then Sporting president de Carvalho called on West Ham fans to demand “the truth” over the failed pursuit of the Portuguese international.

Speaking to Sporting TV in Portugal (as reported by The Evening Standard at the time), he said: “Where is it? Proof? Now, approaches, for sure. I’ve had them for almost the whole squad: West Ham supporters call Mr. David Sullivan and his brother, the Dildo Brothers…

“These messengers, these offended virgins, the president of West Ham… We must tell the truth!”

Now FIFA has confirmed it is investigating a claim from Italian side Sampdoria against Sporting in relation to the “financial obligations set out in the contract corresponding to the transfer” of Fernandes to Manchester United back in January.

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Outspoken former president could find himself at centre of Fernandes FIFA storm

When Sampdoria – who signed Pedro Obiang from West Ham last summer – sold Fernandes to Sporting under de Carvalho’s stewardship in 2017 they inserted a 10 per cent sell-on clause on any profit Sporting made on the player.

Then outspoken president was forced out of Sporting when supporters voted for him to quit in 2018 after a player exodus (BBC Sport).

Under new president Frederico Varandas, Sporting sold Fernandes to Manchester United in January for an initial €55m (£48m).

And Sampdoria believe they are owed €4.6m (£4m) as part of that deal. There is no question of any wrongdoing on Manchester United’s part or indeed that of de Carvalho.

But Sporting’s deal to sign Fernandes from Sampdoria, which included the purported sell-on clause, was agreed during de Carvalho’s reign. And that is central to Sampdoria’s legal action.

Sporting now believe the sell-on clause is null and void as Fernandes had signed a new contract with them in July 2018.

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Big money Man United deal in focus over unpaid sell-on fee

That’s because Fernandes was one of seven players who terminated their contract with Sporting in response to the attack by fans at the club’s training ground in June 2018 which resulted in de Carvalho being forced out.

Now Sporting argue he signed a new deal with them as a free agent.

A FIFA spokesperson has confirmed a complaint was lodged by Sampdoria on April 3.

“The matter is currently being investigated and consequently we cannot provide further comments,” a FIFA spokesman told Sky Sports.

The new saga is certain to interest West Ham owners Sullivan and Gold.

The duo saw their names dragged through the mud during their feud with de Carvalho. He has since been working as a TV pundit.