Mainz 05 players returned to training on Thursday after refusing to do so on Wednesday afternoon over the Bundesliga club’s decision to suspend forward Adam Szalai.

Mainz said in a news conference it had informed the Hungary forward, who played for Mainz from 2010-13 and returned again last year, of its intention on Monday that he should start looking for a new club.

The players then refused to train on Wednesday afternoon in solidarity with Szalai.

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“The fact that the team did not come to training is a very uncomfortable situation,” club sports director Rouven Schroeder told a news conference on Thursday. “It is definitely an escalation, no need to talk around things. But it happened and we have to deal with it.”

“The issue of Adam Szalai was the reason the team did not train,” he explained, adding the…

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