Farense's president, João Rodrigues, rose up against the referees today, after a controversial penalty was decisive in the defeat (1-0) with Sporting on Saturday, warning that “nothing and nobody steps” the Algarve club.
"I am not one to comment on social networks, nor is Farense an institution to make public to complain or rebel," confessed the manager, in an open letter released by the club on social networks.
However, recalling having advanced to the presidency of SAD to save an institution that was "dying", providing the club with infrastructure for the future, João Rodrigues pointed out that Farense has been "severely impaired".
“We think that we deserve to be respected and that our place is in the I Liga, but the way we have been penalized we feel that there may be people who think otherwise and try to push us out. I don't believe it is possible ”, he stressed.
João Rodrigues demands the respect of all agents of the sport. "We would not be happy with our conscience if we did not show how much we are hurt after yesterday's day, which unfortunately repeats several situations of injustice perpetuated against Farense this year", he stressed.
Farense's president assures that he respects the structures that protect football, but he did not refrain from leaving criticisms in the open letter.
“We cannot remain silent because it may seem that we have consented! We cannot allow Farense to continue to be neglected in terms of fairness and fair play and laws ”, continues João Rodrigues, asking for“ equal weapons ”.
In conclusion, the club and SAD president left a message: “We are growing and we are not going to stop. Much less when on the pitch we honor our jersey. What we demand, and deserve, is just what belongs to everyone by right – equity, respect, justice and seriousness in the games that are missing. Noble attitude on the part of everyone – referees, opponents, all those who work and live, with backbone, football. Farense has nothing or anyone to step on. ”
The Algarve structure had already reacted, also with a statement, after Manuel Oliveira's mistake in the home defeat against Rio Ave, by canceling a clean goal by Scotsman Ryan Gauld.