The bitter fall-out between Brazilian defender Cassio and Adelaide United has culminated in the club announcing the departure of its longest serving player.
Cassio, who was publicly lambasted by Reds boss Josep Gombau for failing to support his teammates as they claimed FFA Cup glory against Perth last Tuesday, has left with immediate effect, according to a club statement released on Tuesday evening.
It read: "The Adelaide United Football Club has today agreed to a mutual termination of the playing contract of Cassio de Abreu Oliveira, effective immediately.
"The Adelaide United Football Club would like to express its appreciation of the great service Cassio gave to the Reds during his time and wish him all the best in his future endeavours."
Cassio, who turns 35 next month, is a two-time Reds player of the year.
He made 158 appearances and scored 11 goals during his seven-year spell with the club.
But he didn't feature this season and his fate was sealed when Gombau said last week of his failure to join his teammates on the victory dais after success against Glory: "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.
"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.”
Cassio's career includes stints with famed Brazilian club Flamengo where he played 96 games as well as winning the Campeonato Gaacho in 2002 with Internacional.
It is unclear what his next move will be, though Cassio, whose contract was up in May, has been linked with the Newcaste Jets.
He has not played a competitive game since November 2013, when he sustained a serious hamstring injury which restricted him to just 129 minutes of game time last season.