Miguel Braga made the usual commentary on the Raio-X show on Sporting TV this Monday. The Lions’ communications director took aim at Sérgio Conceição and the FC Porto coach’s statements regarding the incidents in the Classic between the two League clubs.
“I was shocked by Sérgio Conceição’s comments during the last press conference. No one takes away the sporting merit from Sérgio Conceição, nor jeopardizes his technical and tactical abilities, he is a great coach, he has proven it, someone who has responsibilities, who has already represented the team nationally, I have already mentioned the four goals to Germany, which earned them a special corner for all the Portuguese. The big question here is how does he have the nerve to go into a conference room at Impresa and say what he said, say he wasn’t there, that he wasn’t committed no verbal offense… I saw, in this case they didn’t tell me, I saw. It’s one of those times when we have to separate our passion for football from certain events. In life, we all have our bad moments, we have our very good, our less good moments. But you have to take responsibility, be a little man and admit your flaws, there’s nothing wrong with that. It baffles me to see the champion coach of France go to a press conference to lie, to pretend, that’s what he ended up doing when he said he was not in a place where he was and that he had not insulted a president. You cannot normalize an insult to a coach or a president. One thing is what happens on the pitch, the players are full of adrenaline, I feel the emotion on the benches, in the stadium, there are no perfect beings, we have all had less good ones times in our lives. He could have even put it down, he could have said “I said that on a whim, after the game he left me, I can’t remember what he said”, but that didn’t that’s not what he did. Several months have passed and I don’t think he has memory problems, we are here in front of another character than the one who has memory problems. Wasn’t Vítor Baía there too? Not Rui Cerqueira either? The mobile phone may have disappeared due to the magical qualities of the Dragon, the dragon is a magical being, maybe we are facing magical qualities… We have to think about everything that happened after the game and to what has happened so far,” he said.
Finally, Miguel Braga highlighted the attitude of João Palhinha, Bruno Tabata and Matheus Reis, the sports athletes who were punished.
“Tabata, Matheus Reis and Palhinha admitted what they did, explained why they did it and were punished for it. The FC Porto players didn’t, Pepe wasn’t even punished, it must have been Hugo Viana who caught a cleated boot, because FC Appointed FPF Doctor Dr. Carlos Noronha Porto, confirmed Hugo Viana’s injury, referee João Pinheiro also saw it, but what Pepe tried to explain to people was that Hugo Viana entered the locker room to self-harm with a boot to then agree with João Pinheiro who should expel Pepe. It takes a very fertile imagination to have these thoughts. Rui Cerqueira also issued a statement saying he did nothing. Sérgio Conceição didn’t say anything either and deep down there are several Sporting crazy people who think they’ve been insulted, attacked… Maybe Matheus Reis sent him with his back against a FC Porto chair… is a question of integrity: either people are honest or they are not. The mistakes everyone makes, no one is perfect in the world. We all make mistakes, but trying to make fun of each other, I can’t understand. It’s a matter of integrity, of admitting your mistakes and your actions. Just look at the facts and the attitude of the Sporting players involved and the attitude of FC Porto officials. Athletes must not have been attacked by anyone, huge failure, Hugo Viana has extraordinary psychic abilities, because he only thinks of one thing and a bruise appears, confirmed by an FPF doctor appointed by FC Porto and nothing happens. For FC Porto and its professionals, nothing is happening. Former national team player, national champion coach, full of merit, be honest and own up to what you are doing. At the end of the season, it’s sad to see these behaviors. Let’s not be fooled by the narrative that there are only five testimonials from Sporting people. There is also the police report, maybe they should show Sérgio Conceição what he says about his presence, the police report confirms his presence…
It is recalled that during the press conference of the match against Estoril, Sérgio Conceição refuted the accusations. “. There cannot be a policeman or a delegate of the League or an image or a trustworthy person who can say that I did this or that or that anyone did what is reported in the indictment” , said the Dragons coach.