Ana Lopes, a former Portuguese international, reveals that she was a victim of sexual harassment during her career and promises to make complaints.
The 33-year-old former international, who has already announced the end of his career, also known as Tita, commented on the accusations of sexual harassment against Miguel Afonso, coach of the Famalicão women’s team, by players he mentored at Rio Ave.
On social media, the former athlete publicly admits that I have also been a victim of sexual harassment while playing football (not by Miguel, there are others) and that until today I have not taken the necessary measures due to lack of evidence, under penalty of being judged. for defamation, but still, I’ll report it right now.”
Tita was even part of a candidate list for the direction of the Players’ Union last year, led by Ibraim Cassamá.
Carla Ferreira, from the Victim Support Association (APAV), said the It was Branca on Thursday that the case of Miguel Afonso could be the “necessary click” for other complaints.
The coach of the Famalicão women’s team, Miguel Afonso, was accused of sexual harassment by some players from Rio Ave, the team he coached in the 2020/21 season.
The coach, who now coaches Famalicão’s women’s team, will have exchanged some intimate messages with players aged between 18 and 20, requesting photos and videos, according to “Public“. Contacted by the newspaper, Miguel Afonso, 40, declined to comment, saying only: “I don’t know where they are going with this and what kind of conversations these are.”
Miguel Afonso started his coaching career at Bonitos de Amorim, in 2019/20, and moved to Rio Ave the following season. Last season, he guided Ovarense. This time, he took charge of Famalicão.
Since July, the FPF regulations provide for punishments for cases of harassment. This is the first case of its kind to be known in the country.
Silence of current players questioned
Tita asks that other victims of harassment also come forward and denounce the aggressors: “To remain silent when knowing the cause of colleagues who go through these situations is to agree with those who are harassing”.
“Not to comment on the matter, knowing and having real knowledge of evidence, is also to agree and give wings to stories like this to be repeated. I like to understand people, I like the personal development part, but this is something that I still cannot understand. There are certainly inherent needs of those who do it and even those who respond, of course, but there are limits”, he continues.
The former international hopes that “girls/women who have the pleasure of playing football, can live it without oppression, manipulation, violence, invasion. Football should be the stage of dreams and not the other way around”, he concludes.
The former player also regrets the silence of the current players: “For publicly known players in big clubs who have not yet spoken: someone who is in a club and believes that this is to defend the image is paradoxically destroying their own”.
Tita, 33, ended her career at the end of last season. He played for Torreense, Condeixa, Benfica, União Ferreirense, Cadima, Ansião and Atlético Ouriense. She was national champion on two occasions and had 9 caps for the main team.
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