Soccer Team Quits Portugal’s Top League Over Mass Resignation

Soccer club Uniao de Leiria said it will have to quit Portugal’s top division after 13 players submitted resignation letters over late salary payments.

The resignations will force last-place Leiria to withdraw from the 16-team championship, the club said on its Facebook page. A club official confirmed the comments.

Uniao de Leiria would face automatic relegation and a fine if it doesn’t take the field for a game at Benfica scheduled to start at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow.

Only eight Leiria players showed up for its last game on April 29, a 4-0 loss against Feirense.

Leiria may sue some players for “very grave sports and financial damages,” according to its Facebook page.

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