Sporting de Braga said today that the release of referees' nominations by football agent César Boaventura represents "another truly unacceptable flight" and reveals "bankruptcy and permeability of the sector" of Portuguese refereeing.
"[…] There is, in fact, something very worrying about refereeing in Portugal, as we are now seeing, noting a post by César Boaventura published on Thursday and revealing a WhatsApp conversation in which people outside football publicize the nominations for the games in which Sporting, Braga and FC Porto would participate in the following days. Everything hit right, "noted the minhoto club.
In a statement published on the official website, Braga asks that Portuguese football officials respond "quickly" to several questions, namely: "How do external agents have access to classified information? Who is giving this information? Who does this information serve? How does such access condition and influence arbitrations? "
"As the appointments made in total secrecy, only the knowledge of who appoints (the Arbitration Council) and the nominees themselves (the referee of Feirense-Braga, for example, is unaware of the appointment to FC Porto-Santa Clara) it is absolutely revealing of bankruptcy and the permeability of the sector this new confirmation that individuals unfamiliar with football and its structures can have access to classified information ", reports Sporting Braga.
The fourth-ranked Arsenal player reacted to the publication made on Thursday by Cesar Boaventura, in which he announced the referees of the National-Sporting (Carlos Xistra), FC Porto-Santa Clara (Manuel Oliveira) and Feirense-Sporting de Braga (Fábio Veríssimo), even before they were made public.
"Braga claims the legitimacy of questioning the cause-effect relationship between the proven [intromissão] of individuals or groups of supporters related to the three clubs with which Braga has been discussing the national titles and the striking inequalities of criteria that occur in Portugal's lawns, "the statement said.