Brede Hangeland released by Fulham via email | inside World Soccer

Brede Hangeland has expressed his disappointment after Fulham informed him of his release via email, despite having played for the club for six and a half years and served as captain.

Fulham had already announced that a host of players, most notably Steve Sidwell, Damien Duff, and John Arne Riise, would be leaving the club this summer following their relegation from the Premier League.

Norwegian defender Hangeland has also been let go despite having one year left on his contract, with the 32-year-old left seething when the club informed him of their decision by email.

Hangeland said in a statement released to Nettavisen by his representative Jon Morland: "Today I received the news that Fulham Football Club have chosen to terminate my contract with immediate effect.

"I was told of this decision via e-mail, without anyone from the club having met me beforehand to discuss my contract or my future with the club.

"After six-and-a-half years of hard work and loyalty, and having served the last few years as captain, I am immensely disappointed at how this was handled.

"I would like to thank the amazing Fulham fans as these last few years have been the best of my football career. It was a source of pride to wear the white shirt at Craven Cottage.

"I believe I still have much to offer as a footballer and look forward to the next chapter in my career."

Fulham later responded to Hangeland's statement via Twitter.

Hangeland joined Fulham from FC Copenhagen in January 2008 and made 272 appearances for the club, including their run to the 2010 Europa League final under Roy Hodgson.


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