To be sure, this story is one that is not without precedent.
Brazilian club Vasco da Gama has been ordered by a juvenile justice judge to immediately suspend activities at its youth training facilities because an investigation found teenage footballers were living in “slave-like” conditions.
Judge Ivone Ferreira Caetana issued the ruling on Wednesday in response to charges by state prosecutors who have been looking into conditions at the club’s main youth facilities in Sao Januario since 2009.
It was only in February, after a 14-year-old boy died while trying out in Itaguai, a more remote training centre, that investigators even learned of the existence of that facility, which housed dozens of boys aged from 13 to 17.
TSG Brazilian resident, expert, professor Chris Gaffney on the alleged debacle.