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Soccer Team Quits Portugal’s Top League Over Mass Resignation

May 4 (Bloomberg) -- 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.

Editors: Alex Duff, Bob Bensch.

To contact the reporter on this story: Henrique Almeida in Lisbon at halmeida5@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jerrold Colten at jcolten@bloomberg.net

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