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Adelaide United release Cassio after fallout with coach Josep Gombau

Andrew Hendrie 23 Dec 2014

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Adelaide United have announced the departure of Brazilian defender Cassio following his bitter public fallout with coach Josep Gombau.

The Reds released a statement on Tuesday night declaring the club had agreed to mutually terminate Cassio's contract, effective immediately.

"The Adelaide United Football Club has today agreed to a mutual termination of the playing contract of Cassio de Abreu Oliveira, effective immediately," the statement read. "The Adelaide United Football Club would like to express its appreciation of the great service Cassio gave to the Reds during his time and wish him all the best in his future endeavours."

Cassio is Adelaide's longest-serving player, featuring in 158 games for the club across seven years. He hasn't played at all this season however, with Gombau claiming Cassio failed to support his teammates as they won the FFA Cup against Perth last week.

"He don’t come before pre-game (FFA Cup final) to support the players to say 'good luck'," Gombau said at the time. "He don’t come after the game to celebrate with the players. For me this is disrespectful. I can understand that he don’t like me or he thinks that I am not a good coach or he thinks that the club ... but his teammates? For a player that is playing with them every day he don’t shake hands and say ‘come on, we can win’ or ‘congratulations’ because we won. Are we happy for this? Come on.”

The 35-year-old Cassio has been linked with a move to the Newcastle Jets. The defender has not played a competitive fixture since November 2013 after sustaining a serious hamstring injury.

Cassio's career includes stints with Brazilian giants Flamengo - where he played 96 games - as well as winning the Campeonato Gaacho in 2002 with Internacional.


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