Joy and despair

in Sport · 22-05-2020 01:00:00 · 0 Comments
Joy and despair

Whilst SC Farense fans were celebrating the elevation of their team to the Primeira Liga their fierce rivals SC Olhanense, just down the road, were taking to the streets of Olhão in protest at the Portugal Football Federation’s (FPF) decision to promote Vizela and Arouca from the Campeonato Portugal to the Segunda Liga.

As well as protest banners appearing all over the area, the Algarve Football Association (AFA) has strongly supported the Olhão club’s campaign for justice as Olhanense having a better points-to-games ratio than Arouca.
The AFA says it understands that “this is a period of difficult resolutions and that, therefore, there must be a greater dialogue between all the parties involved”.

The six clubs of the Campeonato Portugal, most affected with the cancellation of the competition, requested a meeting with Fernando Gomes, President FPF, but on arrival at the Cidade do Futebol, Lisbon, were met by José Couceiro (National Technical Director) Carlos Lucas (Director of Competitions), and Luís Sobral (Deputy General Director).
Having travelled some 600kms the group were unhappy that Fernando Gomes was not present and walked out of the meeting after just a couple minutes.
Last Saturday hundreds of Olhanense fans joined a cavalcade of motorcycles and cars plus the club bus as it wound its way along the EN125 and Avenida da República before creating a carnival atmosphere in the market waterfront area with a cacophony of blaring horns and lively music. Everywhere there were banners proclaiming “QUEREMOS JUSTIÇA“ (We Want Justice). CW


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