Santos leaves Lyon after row with coach

PARIS - Fabio Santos has left Olympique Lyon after both parties agreed to end the Brazilian midfielder's contract following a row with coach Claude Puel, the Ligue 1 club said on Wednesday.

"Olympique Lyon and Fabio Santos...have decided to end, with immediate effect, the contract that was binding them until June 30, 2010," Lyon said in a statement.

The Brazilian, who joined Lyon from Cruzeiro in 2006, had a violent argument with Puel at halftime in the club's 2-0 defeat at Valenciennes on May 2.