‘Deputy’ of the Arbitration Council of Santarém is justified: “The comment was about the substitution of Rafa” – Arbitration

António Gonçalves says he is “very harm” by the interpretation made by Duarte Gomes, who requested for his resignation

António Gonçalves, vice-president of the arbitration council of the Associação de Futebol (AF) of Santarém, confesses to being “saddened” and “sorrowed” by the analyzes made (particularly by Duarte Gomes) in the comment he left in a publication of the Register on Facebook of Benfica’s beginning eleven from the final spherical, towards Santa Clara, in Ponta Delgada. A comment that was interpreted by the former worldwide referee as a criticism of the referee of the match, Fábio Veríssimo. Even Duarte Gomes thought-about that António Gonçalves had failed to keep up an “moral {and professional} equidistance” and that, because of this, “he is unable to proceed in the place” he holds at AF Santarém.

The chief of the affiliation, contacted by Record, denies referring, in his comment, to Fábio Veríssimo, admits that the oblique was directed at Draxler, the one chosen to interchange Rafa in Roger Schmidt’s eleven. “I did not make any feedback about Fábio Veríssimo who, by the approach, made a superb referee in the Azores”, factors out António Gonçalves, instantly assuming his favoritism. “I do not disguise that I’m from Benfica, I’ve been a member for 35 years and I’ve been in the Refereeing Council for 12”, he reveals, suggesting that they appear on his social networks for what number of “criticisms” he has made of the Portuguese referees throughout all these years. As for Benfica and its gamers, he often feedback publicly on their performances. “Record’s publication was about Benfica’s possible eleven and Rafa’s substitute. My criticism was directed at the German who changed him. It was only a private opinion. I’m free to precise it,” he considers ‘ex-navy, retired, admitted. of having finished “incorrect” in not being extra specific in his comment. For instance, placing the identify of the German midfielder supplied by PSG.

Showing indicators of eager to make clear the controversy generated, António Gonçalves says that he is “very harm” by the interpretation made by Duarte Gomes with out even asking for clarification. “He printed it with out asking me something. If he known as me, I had defined to him that it had nothing to do with the arbitration group. People related to Fábio Veríssimo. Why?” asks the head of the affiliation , 61, who agrees to speak to Record as a result of, in the event you stay silent, you may be “consenting.” “What I wrote is that in that possible eleven there was one participant who was an excessive amount of and, probably, the solely incorrect factor I did was to comment on the Benfica eleven,” he concludes.

Record additionally tried to gather a comment from Jorge Maia, the president of the affiliation of Ribatejo, acquiring a laconic reply. “I do not make any type of comment,” shot Jorge Maia.

António Gonçalves, vice-president of the arbitration board of the Football Association (AF) of Santarém, confesses to being “saddened” and “pained” by the analyzes made (particularly by Duarte Gomes) in the comment…

By João Lopes


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