According to player advocacy groups, there is a widespread labor issue in Europe in which players are given the choice between bending to their employers' demands or enduring harsh, punitive training
regimens. The practice is known by the catchall term training alone, and it is regarded as soccer's version of solitary confinement. Sam Borden
reports on the case
of Sebino Plaku
, a Polish player who after a contract dispute with Slask Wroclaw says he was subjected to five months of isolation, humiliation, psychological abuse and intimidation.
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