David Carmo and Fransérgio were punished with a three match suspension each after being sent off in the game against rivals Vitoria de Guimarães, during the fifth day of the Football League I.
The team, whose suspension appeals were refused, criticised the decisions of the Disciplinary Board (CD) of the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF), considering them “incomprehensible” and the punishments “extremely exaggerated”.
Sporting Braga also criticised the use of VAR, which “in its genesis, came into football to help, but in recent times it has only damaged the game and its veracity”.
“Without focusing on the game ‘X’ or ‘Y’, the truth is that the mistakes that have been made over the first six rounds are incomprehensible in the light of the presence of a tool that can repeat the moves and analyse them from various angles. If decisions are badly made (and we have several examples of this), then we can only be talking about one of two explanations: either bad faith or a lack of quality”.
During the match with Famalicão, which the team won by 1-0, referee Rui Costa resorted three times to the viewing of the VAR images.
“On the first occasion, he attributed a foul that hadn’t occurred and red carded the Famalicense central defender Riccieli, then he used it to validate the only goal of the match, from Bruno Viana, which had initially been deemed as off side,” said the team.