Veteran Adelaide United fullback Cassio appears to have played his last game for the club after Reds coach Josep Gombau slammed the Brazilian following their Westfield FFA Cup triumph over Perth Glory.
Speaking at the Reds’ final training session before heading to Newcastle to face the struggling Jets, Gombau said he was disappointed with Cassio’s conduct after the club’s historic win.
“Honestly no (room for Cassio),” Gombau told The Advertister.
“Cassio had something that I don’t like.
“He don’t come before pre-game (FFA Cup final) to support the players to say ‘good luck’.
“He don’t come after the game to celebrate with the players. For me this is disrespectful … no chance.
“No chance … I don’t know … for me, after he did this, no chance … zero.”
The 34-year-old has not featured for the Reds this season after missing almost 11 months with a hamstring injury and has less than six months remaining on his contract.
Gombau wouldn’t be pressed when asked whether Cassio would be released during the January transfer window but said he no issue with the club legend.
“It’s not my problem. I don’t have any problem with him (Cassio),’’ Gombau said.
“He don’t have the problem with me.
“Now he have the problem with his teammates for not coming to say ‘congratulations’.
“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.”