“FC Porto is bringing back a culture of pressure on referees”



“FC Porto is bringing back a culture of pressure on referees”

Miguel Braga responds to Francisco J. Marques after criticism of the arbitration in the game between Sporting and Moreirense

Miguel Braga, Sporting’s communication director, responded this Monday to Francisco J. Marques, after complaints from the blue and white director regarding the arbitration of the game between the lions and Moreirense.

For the director of communication for FC Porto, the goal by Pedro Gonçalves, who at the time restored equality on the scoreboard, is irregular, for alleged hand on the green and white midfielder ball.

“Frederico Varandas and Miguel Braga have already commented on Sporting’s irregular goal? Just so they don’t seem to be quiet when it’s in their favor. It had already been like that in Paços de Ferreira. And there are already four points coming from Cidade do Futebol ”, wrote J. Marques.

Now, Miguel Braga took advantage of his presence on the Sporting X-ray program, from Sporting TV, to reply to the Porto communication director, stating that FC Porto “is bringing back” a culture of the 1980s of “pressure on the referees ”and“ journalists ”.

“It is a warlike language that FC Porto’s communication loves to do. Anyone who seems to admit no mistake and seems to have never done anything too much and, when he makes a mistake, is even doing it on purpose is FC Porto ”, Miguel Braga started by saying.

“It is a culture of the 80s that FC Porto is bringing back: a culture of pressure on referees, on journalists, in short. They make a booklet of lies and make other people tell lies for us to believe, ”he continued.

Miguel Braga insisted on the irony in relation to the communication of FC Porto, also referring to the meeting of the blue and white with Fabril, for the Portuguese Cup, at a time when the emblem of the Championship of Portugal accuses Sporting of not wanting to postpone a game due to cases of covid-19 present in the squad.

“If Fabril has players with covid, he doesn’t have to inform Sporting. You must inform the federation and the authorities. (…) He received FC Porto with pomp and circumstance, finished the game and the first thing he did was to criticize the president of Sporting, saying that he had never asked the public to return to the stadiums. It is a blatant lie that is only made by someone who is doing a service for FC Porto ”, he insisted.

“It is interesting to watch these complaints, when, afterwards, they rarely make mea culpa. It is this warlike narrative that makes them look like they are poor people and it seems that the whole world is doing them harm. It is very difficult for me to perceive a club the size of FC Porto to continue with this conversation ”, continued Miguel Braga.

Finally, Sporting’s communication director also commented on the possibility of Vasco Santos, VAR of the duel with Moreirense, going to ‘jarra’ on the next round, something he considers “worrying” when compared to other situations he lists.

“It is a little worrying that the referee who goes to the ‘jarra’ is the referee who was wrong in Pedro Gonçalves’s bid, as it is not exactly what has happened with some VAR who have been wrong. Be it the penalty kick in which it is seen that Marega kicks the Marítimo defender’s leg and the referee scores a penalty in favor of FC Porto ”, he explained.

“Concerning is this Solomonic justice of punishing the referee who made a mistake in the Sporting game. That is what is most worrying ”, concluded Miguel Braga.

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