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Angry Cordoba fans vent their wrath towards 'mercenary' players after training

Cordoba CF, Nuevo Arcangel

Supporters prevented the team bus leaving the Cordoba training complex, demanding words with the players.

"Mercenary players!" was the cry from angry Cordoba fans, as the players took to the pitch for an open doors training session, on Monday morning, in an image captured by El Chiringuito TV on Twitter.

A group of fans continued barracking the players throughout the training session, according to Cordobesimo.com, with taunts such as "vagabonds" and "drunkards" directed towards the footballers.

Angered by what has been a disastrous campaign for Cordoba, ending in relegation after just one season in La Liga, the 2-0 defeat away at local rivals Granada over the weekend, certainly didn't do the players any favours.

Central defender Inigo Lopez was dismissed in the first-half, receiving his second yellow card for a reckless challenge on Youssef El Arabi.

In the second half, the frustrations of the fans was then underlined by the petulance shown by Fede Cartabia, who was booked for arguing with the referee, then seconds later, shown a red for squaring up to the match official.

The criticism didn't end with just the training session. After the players boarded their team bus and were departing the training complex, an angry mob of fans prevented them from leaving, blockading the exit route.

They demanded to speak with the players, refusing to move until that happened, as they wanted to air their views directly to the protagonists themselves.

Although the situation was eventually diffused, with a club official calming fans sufficiently to permit the team bus to leave, some claimed it was promised that captain Abel Gomez would speak to them.

Whilst that didn't happen in the end, via his twitter account, the 33-year-old midfielder claimed he hadn't been asked to address the mob.

"I wish to clarify today that at no moment was I told to speak to anyone, or at least, nobody has communicated that to me." He confirmed.

Gomez then pointed at his willingness to speak with concerned fans, after future sessions, concluding: "I'll address anything without any problems, at the and of any training session."

Much of the squad this season has been comprised of loan players, and interestingly, one of the few to escape criticism, was striker Florin Andone.

The young Romanian is contracted to the club and despite poor team performances, has performed very well individually, following his promotion from the Cordoba B team.

Such performances have seen the 22-year-old linked with a summer move to Aston Villa, according to reports in the Daily Mail recently.

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