The Algarve Football Association (AFA) welcomed the decision to keep Portimonense in the 1st Football League and reinforced its support for Olhanense's fight to rise to the professional championships.
It was with “particular satisfaction” that the association welcomed the decision of Liga Portugal to address the invitation to Portimonense to remain in the I Liga next season, benefiting from the exclusion of Vitória de Setúbal.
“We see ourselves in the deliberation of the League's Audit Committee, with the firm conviction that the largest professional football competition in our country can only win by having in its bosom an entity with a professional and compliant structure”, stresses the AFA .
The Liga Portugal decision, underlines, “recognizes, in a way, the unequivocal merits of a serious and ambitious project that was born within a club about to celebrate 106 years and that in its current aspect, at a professional level, with the creation of the Portimonense Futebol SAD project, came to strengthen the honorable scrolls of Portimonense Sporting Clube ”.
Celebrating "compliance with the rules and the application of the criteria to all sports societies, in a fair and impartial manner", the AFA stresses that "it is important that the levels of financial stability and sustainability are increasingly considered".
In the scope of non-professional football, AFA remains attentive to the Olhanense case, after the Arbitration Court for Sport accepted the precautionary measure of the Algarve, suspending the ascents to the II League.
“He has always been fighting for his legitimate interests in an orderly, constructive manner and in the appropriate places and instances, for the sake of meritocracy, since he was in first place in his series and was not granted the right to ascend to the upper division ”, emphasizes the AFA.
By "imperative of conscience", the AFA expresses "unequivocally all the respect and trust for the decisions taken by the institutions that oversee these issues, whether they are of a sports or judicial nature".
“We remain convinced that a more balanced and fair decision could have been reached. The Algarve Football Association is fully in solidarity with its affiliate, to whom it recognizes all the rights granted by the regulations in force ”, assures the institution, believing in a decision favorable to the Olhanense emblem.