THE BALL – Miguel Braga accuses Sérgio Conceição of “playing sly” (Sporting)

Miguel Braga was, this Monday, making the usual comment on the program Raio-X, on Sporting TV. The Lions’ communication director aimed at Sérgio Conceição and at the FC Porto coach’s statements regarding the incidents of the classic between the two clubs in the League.

«I was shocked by the words of Sérgio Conceição at the last press conference. Nobody takes sports merit from Sérgio Conceição, or calls into question his technical and tactical skills, he is a great coach, he has proved that, someone who has responsibilities, who has already represented the National Team, I have already mentioned the four goals to Germany, which made him gain a special corner for all Portuguese people. The big question here is how does he have the nerve to go to a conference room in Impresa and say what he said, say that he wasn’t there, that he didn’t make any verbal offenses… I saw, in this case they didn’t tell me, I saw . This is one of those times when we have to separate our football passion from certain events. In life, we all have our bad moments, we have our very good, less good moments. But you have to assume your responsibilities, be a little man and admit your faults, there’s no harm. It confuses me to see the national champion coach go to a press conference to tell lies, to pretend, that’s what he ended up doing when he said he wasn’t in a place where he was and that he didn’t insult a president. We cannot normalize an insult to a coach or a president. One thing is what happens on the pitch, the players are high on adrenaline, I can feel the emotion on the benches, in the stadium, there are no perfect beings, we’ve all had less good moments in our lives. He could have put it down, he could have said ‘I said that on the spur of the moment, after the game, he left me, I don’t remember what he said’, but that’s not what he did. Several months have passed and I don’t believe he has memory problems, we are here before another figure than one who has memory problems. Wasn’t Vítor Baía also there? Not Rui Cerqueira either? The cell phone possibly disappeared due to magical qualities in 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 what has happened until today», he shot.

Finally, Miguel Braga highlighted the attitude of João Palhinha, Bruno Tabata and Matheus Reis, Sporting 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 did not, Pepe was not even punished, it must have been Hugo Viana who grabbed a boot with studs, because Dr. Carlos Noronha, FPF doctor, appointed by FC Porto, confirmed Hugo Viana’s injury, referee João Pinheiro also saw it, but what Pepe tried to explain to people is that Hugo Viana went into the locker room to self-mutilate himself with a boot to then agree with João Pinheiro who would have to expel Pepe. It takes a highly fertile imagination to have these thoughts. Rui Cerqueira also made a statement saying that he did nothing. Sérgio Conceição didn’t say anything either and deep down there are several Sporting crazy people who think they are insulted, attacked… Maybe Matheus Reis sent him with his back against a FC Porto chair… It’s a question of integrity: either people are honest or not are. Mistakes everybody makes, nobody is perfect in the world. We all make mistakes, but trying to make fools of us all I can’t understand. It’s a matter of integrity, admitting your mistakes and actions. Just look at the facts and attitude of the Sporting players involved and the attitude of those responsible for FC Porto. Sporting players must not have been attacked by anyone, huge failure, Hugo Viana has extraordinary psychic abilities, because he thinks 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 admit what he does. At the end of the season it is sad to see these behaviors. Let’s not be fooled by the narrative that there are only five testimonies from people from Sporting. There is also the police report, maybe they should show Sérgio Conceição what it says about his presence, the police report confirms his presence…

It is recalled that in the press conference of the game with Estoril, Sérgio Conceição refuted the accusations. «. There can’t be a policeman or a delegate from the League or an image or a reputable person who can say that I did this or that or that someone did what was reported in the indictment”, said the Dragons coach.

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