Willians is removed from Corinthians' squad after an altercation with a fan in the training centre
An altercation with a fan at the gate of the training centre of Corinthians after the activities on Saturday proved costly to midfielder Willians.
After the training session on Sunday morning, the board of Corinthians decided to remove the player from the squad, and he will no longer play this season. Loaned out by Cruzeiro until the end of the year, he hasn't played for the club in the last three matches of the Brazilian Championship. Willians had trained as a starter on Saturday, but on leaving the training centre, he had a heated conversation with a supporter protesting on the spot. The player did not even appear on the pitch for Sunday's training session. Cristian is now expected to start against International on Monday at Itaquera. At his press conference, coach Oswaldo de Oliveira had already shown displeasure at the player's attitude. In the footage of the incident, Willians gets out of the car at the gate of the training centre, and starts the discussion with a fan who targeted the player for being poor. This is not the first time that Willians gets involved in a controversy at Corinthians. The player has had disciplinary issues, mainly delays in training, and was almost returned to Cruzeiro in the middle of the season. Willians arrived at Corinthians in an exchange deal that involved young midfielder Marciel. The player, however, never managed to establish himself at the club and became one of the main targets of criticism from the fans. He has made 27 appearances this season, 12 of those as a starter.
Willians said: "I'll keep my contract until December 5th. I'll be here cheering for Corinthians and my teammates, who are always with me. I hope this Monday night brings a great result and place Corinthians in the top-6. What happened yesterday was a sad, boring thing. I ended up doing nothing but the board thought it's best not to go to this game. I'm sad, but what happened yesterday is that a fan wanted to show up. I know the Corinthian fans are not like that. I'm sad for some fans who do not think about Corinthians and want to think just about themselves. I know the Corinthians crowd is big and will always be with the players."