TOKYO: No-show Brazil striker Edilson has played his last game for J-League club Kashiwa Reysol after team officials confirmed yesterday they had torn up his contract for the 2003 season.
Edilson, who was in his second spell at the club, was due to return to Japan two months ago, but Reysol officials finally lost patience with the 32-year-old when he had still not arrived for the Nabisco Cup tie with Vegalta Sendai last weekend.
Kashiwa manager Marco Aurelio had little sympathy for his countryman, who was set to sign a formal contract extension upon his return to Japan.
You have to take into account what kind of an effect this is having on the other players and the morale of the team. We cannot afford to wait any longer, he said.
Edilson, who plundered 44 goals in 54 J-League games during his first spell at the club, had a number of run-ins with coaching staff and even teammates after re-joining Kashiwa.
Former South Korea striker Hwang Sun-hong famously chased Edilson out of the Kashiwa dressing room after the Brazilian refused to switch off his mobile phone. Reuters