The deal was unworkable because Sérgio Conceição and his lawyer, Pedro Henriques, wanted the ambassador’s statement to contain the exact phrase “apology”.
Sérgio Conceição and Francisco Seixas da Costa have failed to reach an agreement that would avoid the diplomat’s trial for alleged aggravated defamation of the FC Porto coach.
The deal was unworkable because Sérgio Conceição and his lawyer, Pedro Henriques, wanted the ambassador’s statement to contain the exact phrase “apology”, which the ambassador and his lawyer, Magalhães e Silva, rejected.
In question, the expression “javardo”, used by the former Secretary of State for European Affairs and Ambassador to the UN, on the social network Twitter, in March 2019, to classify Sérgio Conceição, in a label extended to FC Porto supporters “who are seen in your style”.
“As are the fans of (my) Sporting who love Bruno de Carvalho,” added the diplomat.
In view of the “‘blue’ indignation” generated by the post, published after a match between Braga and FC Porto, Seixas da Costa resorted to his blog “Duas ou Três Coisas” (https://duas- ou-tres.blogspot.com/2019/03/indignanacao.html), on the last day of March 2019, to admit that he had exaggerated in the language used.
“It is not difficult for me to recognize that the terms were not the happiest,” he wrote, in a position that the ambassador reiterated in audience.
But, in court, he also devalued the pejorative meaning of the expression “javardo”, limiting himself to likening it to “rude” or “badly brought up”.
“It’s a strong word, but not offensive,” he added.
Despite this, FC Porto, through its Football Limited Liability Company, reacted by “vehemently” repudiating the statement and Sérgio Conceição went to court, becoming an assistant in the proceedings.
Also during today’s hearing, Seixas da Costa said that he had “a positive assessment of Sérgio Conceição as a coach” and that in this case it is only a ” culture of permanent excess”, in public declarations.
Sérgio Conceição’s lawyer asked the diplomat how he would react if they called him “javardo”, to which Seixas da Costa replied: “Wait a minute, but I’m not.”