Porto basketball is already preparing the next season and the general director Afonso Barros ended it responding to the accusations made recently to the club. And he only regretted not having faced Sporting in Europe.
With no references to controversies since the semi-final games, in which they beat Sporting, FC Porto did not end the season without an answer from Luís Magalhães, the coach who left Sporting and ended his career, and Ivan Almeida, a Benfica winger. who made accusations of racism and outraged the dragons.
It was Afonso Barros, general director of Porto basketball, to clarify to O JOGO what “could not go unnoticed”, at a time when the new season is already preparing, the first without coach Moncho López since 2009.
“Luís Magalhães deserved to be answered with the same sarcasm, but I prefer to go by the facts. The first is to remember that for the Arbitration Council there was only one list to vote, for which we were neither considered nor found, and that list included the referee who robbed us of last year’s final. For FC Porto, Carlos Santos would never be a good choice. Then, in the “half”, we had our “friends” referees from the final of the previous year. were marked, but that are other facts and the former Sporting coach only speaks with sarcasm”, he shot, on the accusation that the federative CA is the “county” with the most Porto players.
The coach’s comments went down really badly on Dragon. “At his age, he could have given a farewell interview to go out the big door, but he preferred to go out the small one, or not even that,” says Afonso Barros, noting that “Magalhães gave a 40-minute farewell interview, of which he spent 30 talking about FC Porto; it’s the story of his departure from all clubs”.
“We can’t let go of having considered our European project a failure. We didn’t go to the second phase for a missed basket at the last second. He said that the Oradea coach praised Sporting, but suffered two tremendous defeats. He praised FC Porto , who beat him at home. Sporting had a beautiful European journey, but came close to having Benfica and FC Porto in the same group. I would have liked to have seen the three of them play with international referees… He also spoke about the circus that FC Porto set up; what we did was open the circus door, so that everyone could see what was happening in basketball”, he added.
The FC Porto manager congratulated Benfica on the national title, acknowledging that “it was superior in three of the four games and that’s why it became champion”.
“There is nothing to say, contrary to what happened last year, which was a puppet show”, he added, not valuing the home factor, which FC Porto did not have due to the two absences at the beginning of the season.
“Without taking away Benfica’s merit, I believe that with the first two games at our house, the story would have been different”, he only said.
“Benfica have a very strong squad and a substantially higher budget. In addition, they were regeneration of their players and in the final they had Dennis Clifford, very strong, and in the meantime he had strengthened himself with Ivan Almeida, who, sportingly speaking , it’s a serious case”, he also explained, between criticisms of the Cape Verdean extreme for the accusation of racism he made.
“It was staged, there was no racism”
“Ivan Almeida put on an act and a joke. I wouldn’t need, nor FC Porto, to defend the isolated action of a fan, but there was no racism. Basketball is the sport of greater diversity and inclusion, in our team we have people of all colors and religious creeds. He staged something around something that never existed, wanting to provoke some animosity. Unfortunately, that didn’t work in anyone’s favor”, says Afonso Barros, for whom the winger “is a great player and didn’t need it.”
“I congratulated everyone at Benfica, because you have to know how to lose and win. If some of our players didn’t react well, it was because you can’t treat our fans like that”, he explained.