The ‘deputy’ of the Santarem Arbitration Council is justified: «the comment was about the transfer of Rafa» – Arbitration

Antonio Gonsalves says he is “deeply harm” by the clarification given by Duarte Gomes, who has known as for his resignation

Antonio Gonsalves, Vice President of the Referee Council of the Associação de Futebol (AF) of Santarém, admitted to being “saddened” and “harm” by the evaluation of the feedback (particularly by Duarte Gomes) in a publication. Record on Facebook about Benfica’s beginning eleven for the final spherical sport, towards Santa Clara at Ponta Delgada. A comment interpreted as criticism of match referee Fabio Verissimo by a former worldwide referee. Duarte Gomes additionally thought-about that Antonio Gonsalves was not in a position to keep “ethical {and professional} integrity” and for that reason, “he can’t proceed in the place” he is at AF Santarém.

Contacted by the Record, the affiliation’s chief, Fabio Verissimo, declined in his feedback, admitting that his feedback had been not directly directed at Draxler, who was chosen to switch Rafa in Roger Schmidt’s eleven. “I made no comment about Fabio Verissimo, who, in the Azores, made a superb referee”, Antonio Gonsalves factors out, instantly assuming his bias. “I do not cover that I’m from Benfica, I’ve been a associate for 35 years and I’ve been on the referee’s council for 12 years”, he reveals, suggesting how many individuals he sees on his social networks “criticizing” the Portuguese referees over the years. Regarding Benfica and its gamers, he usually feedback publicly on their performances. “The launch of the document was about Benfica’s potential eleven and Rafa’s alternative. My criticism was of the German who changed him. It was only a private opinion. I’m free to specific it”, admits the former military man, on retirement. His comment is “flawed” with out being extra particular. For instance, placing the identify of the German midfielder offered by PSG there.

Showing indicators of wanting to elucidate the controversy that has arisen, Antonio Gonsalves says he is “deeply harm” by Duarte Gomes’s clarification with out an evidence. “He revealed it with out asking me something. If he had known as me, I’d have defined that it had nothing to do with the arbitration staff. People associated to Fabio Verissimo. Why?”, asks the 61-yr-outdated chief of the affiliation, who agrees. Speak to the document as a result of, when you stay silent, you “consent.” “What I wrote was that there was one participant in that doable eleven that was an excessive amount of and, probably, the solely dangerous factor I did was to comment on Benfica’s XI”, he concludes.

The Record tried to garner a comment from Jorge Maia, President of the Ribetjo Associative Body, which acquired a laconic response. “I do not make any form of comment”, Jorge Maia shot again.

Antonio Gonsalves, vice-president of the Arbitration Board of the Football Association (AF) of Santarem, admitted to being “unhappy” and “harm” by the evaluation (particularly by Duarte Gomes) of the feedback…

By João Lopes

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