President condemns racist football incident

in News · 17-02-2020 10:40:00 · 1 Comments

The Portuguese President has condemned the racists insults targeted at FC Porto player Marega yesterday (16 February) during a game against Guimarães.

In a statement, the President said: “The Constitution of the Portuguese Republic is very clear in condemning racism, as well as other forms of xenophobia and discrimination”.

During the match, Marega asked to be replaced in the 71st minute after hearing racist chants from the supporters of Guimarães.

In the declaration to Lusa, the President of the Republic underlined that he can only “condemn, as always, vehemently, all racist manifestations, whatever they may be”.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa also appealed “to ethics, civic sense and common sense, so that in Portugal we avoid escalations that violate our community's basic values ??and can only contribute to the fratricidal division among the Portuguese”.


The Constitution does not translate to the general Portuguese population. Having a family member who has been an elite football player in Portugal for many years has opened our eyes to the widespread xenophobia that exists in sport here. Often the coaches and management are the instigators. The Portuguese Football federation should address this as it is an embarrassment.

By Jan from Algarve on 19-02-2020 05:18
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