This Monday, the president of FC Porto criticized the absence of disciplinary sanctions against the assistant coach of Casa Pia, Vasco Matos, in the victory of the ‘dragons’ over the ‘gansos’ (2-1), on Sunday, from the 32nd round of the Liga NOS. th and antepenultimate round of the I Liga.
“Everyone saw that there was an assistant coach who spent the entire game teasing our bench [de suplentes]. If there had been disciplinary action on that element, there would have been nothing else. Now, when one of our elements stands up, as happened before this confusion with the engineer Luís Gonçalves [administrador da SAD e vice-presidente FC Porto]take it soon [cartão] yellow”, noted Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa.
The manager was speaking to journalists outside the City Hall, where the mayor of Porto, Rui Moreira, received the European champion roller hockey team, which this month re-enacted the successes obtained by FC Porto in 1985/86 and 1989 /90.
Pinto da Costa was referring to the incidents that occurred in the last moments of the reception to Casa Pia, which were triggered following the ‘dragons’ comeback goal, which was sealed by Danny Loader, at 90+3 minutes, and raised spirits between the two banks.
The coach of FC Porto, Sérgio Conceição, made a controversial gesture towards the opposing bench and had a heated exchange of words with Vasco Matos, the ‘geese’ assistant, an altercation that continued on the pitch after the final whistle by referee Manuel Oliveira .
“This gentleman was on the bench, insulted everyone, created problems and not a yellow card was taken. By the way, the coach of Casa Pia [Filipe Martins] even was impeccable and acknowledged that. As long as these scenes and behaviors are allowed, there is no possibility of [o futebol português] improve”, stressed Pinto da Costa, about a theme that the main technicians of each team devalued in the press conference after the game.
Through their daily ‘newsletter’, the national champions had already accused Vasco Matos today of having spent “the entire match challenging the bench” of FC Porto and denounced the “defeat of the anti-game and gratuitous provocations”, which kept the race going to the title.
“Portuguese football can never progress when there is almost 50% playable game. In 90 minutes, it seems that 51 were played [houve 51,38% de tempo útil]. As long as this is allowed and if you see scenes of players throwing themselves to the ground at the slightest touch or without touching at all, I think that Portuguese football will not progress. What can be done? I am responsible for FC Porto. Unfortunately, I can’t do anything in that capacity.”
Pinto da Costa also admitted that the penalties applied by the Disciplinary Council (CD) of the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) “are not short” and exemplified with the punishments for the main coaches, whose absence from games also “affects the club itself”.
FC Porto has replaced distances in second place in the championship and has 79 points, four below the isolated leader Benfica and five above Sporting de Braga, in third place, being one draw away from sealing direct access to the 2023/24 edition of the Champions League .
The winner of the 89th edition of the I Liga can be defined next weekend, in case the ‘dragons’ lose the Famalicão ground, on Saturday, at 20:30, or, on the following day, at the same time, the ‘eagles’ beat Lisbon rival Sporting, in fourth place, in Alvalade.
“[Está] It’s getting harder and harder, in fact. Mathematically it is still possible, but it will be very difficult”, assumed Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa, in an afternoon when he exchanged memories with the mayor of Porto for the European success in roller hockey.
On 07 May, in its 15th appearance in the decisive match of the Champions League, FC Porto countered a ‘malapata’ of 10 consecutive defeats, spread over 33 years, and prevailed over Valongo, by 5-1, in the Municipal Pavilion José Natário, in Viana do Castelo.
“Whenever there are great victories, this house [nos Paços do Concelho] is open for FC Porto. Unfortunately, there was an interregnum in this posture, but everything is back to normal, we have the best relations and great pride in having a mayor who defends the city under any circumstances, the club and everything that belongs to the city”, he praised.
The ninth international trophy won by FC Porto in roller hockey was also praised by Rui Moreira, who, during the ceremony, highlighted the “special significance” of breaking the club’s ‘fast’ in the competition, after “33 years of waiting, but not despairing”.
“FC Porto is one of the historic clubs in Europe due to its long years of activity, the number of athletes in different sports and, above all, its European conquests. Then, he is one of the greatest ambassadors of the name and soul of the city, which has been growing in the European space”, said the mayor of Porto, who holds the position of vice-president of the Superior Council of the ‘dragões’ .
Source: Futebol 365 by www.futebol365.pt.
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