July 23, 2018 / 7:41 AM / 5 months ago

Dost decides to stay at Sporting despite attack

Soccer Football - International Friendly - Netherlands vs England - Johan Cruijff Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands - March 23, 2018 Netherlands' Bas Dost in action with England’s Jordan Henderson Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley

LISBON (Reuters) - Netherlands international Bas Dost has decided to stay at Sporting Lisbon despite an attack two months ago by disgruntled supporters that left him with deep cuts on head.

Dost, 29, required stitches after being assaulted in an unprecedented training ground attack by a group of some 50 masked men.

In the wake of the attack, Dost said he would leave the Portuguese club but has had a change of heart and signed a new three-year deal.

“I’m very pleased about it and I just want to look forward now. I signed here two years ago and really like this club. It has been a difficult time but I still have the overwhelming feeling that I belong here,” he told Dutch media on Monday.

“After the attack there were a lot of fans who supported me and for them I also want to stay.”

Sporting has undergone drastic change since the attack with the removal of the club’s president, a new coach and the departure of key players. Most of the attackers have been arrested.

Reporting by Mark Gleeson; Editing by Ian Ransom

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