Porto basketball is already preparing for the next season and general manager Afonso Barros has concluded it in response to recent allegations against the club. And he only regretted not facing Sporting in Europe.
There has been no talk of controversy since the semi-finals, in which they beat Sporting, FC Porto did not end the season without a response from Luís Magalhães, the coach who left Sporting and ended his career, and Ivan Almeida, Benfica winger. who denounced racism and angered dragons.
Afonso Barros, general manager of Porto basketball, explained to O JOGO what will “go unnoticed”, as they prepare for the new season, the first without coach Moncho López since 2009 .
“Luís Magalhães deserves to be answered with the same irony, but I prefer to go with the facts. The first is to remember that for the Arbitration Council there was only one list to vote for, which has not been considered or seen, and that The list included the referee who robbed us at the end of last year. For FC Porto, Carlos Santos will never be a good choice. Then, in ” half “, there was a” friendly “referee at last year’s final., but that’s a different fact and the former Sporting coach is only speaking sarcastically,” he said, accusing the Federal CA is the “region” with the most Porto players.
Coaches ’reactions to the Dragon have been greatly diminished. “At his age, he was able to do a farewell interview to get out the main door, but he preferred to get out the small door, anyway,” Afonso Barros said, noting that “Magalhães gave a 40-minute farewell interview. ., where he spent 30 years talking about FC Porto; this is the story of his departure from every club “.
“We can’t get away from considering the European project a failure. We didn’t go to the second round because of a missing basket in the last second. He said coach Oradea praised Sporting, but lost two big. praised FC Porto, who beat him at home.Sporting had a wonderful European trip, but almost had Benfica and FC Porto in the same group.I would love to see the three of them play in ‘the international judge … He also talked about the circus founded by FC Porto, what we did was open the doors of the circus, so that everyone could see what was happening in basketball “, he said only he.
The FC Porto manager congratulated Benfica on the national title, admitting that “he has won three of the four games and that’s what made him the champion”.
“Nothing can be said, contrary to what happened last year, it was a puppet,” he said, and did not give value to the house, which FC Porto did not have due to the absence of two of the players. the beginning of the era.
“If Benfica’s credibility is not taken away, I believe that in the first two games at our home, the story will be different,” he said.
“Benfica have a strong team and have a higher budget. In addition, they brought back their players and in the end they had Dennis Clifford, very strong, and in the meantime they have strengthened themselves together. to Ivan Almeida, who, from a sporting point of view., is a serious matter, ”he further explained, amid criticism of the Cape Verdean extreme for his racist allegations.
“Performed, no racism”
“Ivan Almeida made gestures and jokes. I don’t need, or FC Porto, to defend the isolated actions of the fans, but without racism. I have people of all colors and creeds “He did things around something that never happened before, he wanted to provoke hatred. Unfortunately, no one liked that,” said Afonso Barros, who is a “skilled and skilled player” of the wing. it was not necessary. “
“I congratulated everyone at Benfica, because you have to know how to lose and win. If some players don’t behave well it’s because you can’t treat our fans like that,” he explained. .