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THE BALL – Sá Pinto’s justification for the controversial reaction (Moreirense)

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Maximum tension in Moreira de Cónegos, this Saturday, because the rivalry with Vizela, with whom he shares a geographical border, is enormous and this was felt throughout the match. Finally, Sá Pinto, the coach of the cannons, went to the bench where the supporters of the opposing team had to provoke and insult them. “We can be rivals, but celebrating each other’s goals when we could go down, I didn’t like that,” the coach explained later.

After the game, it took a few minutes for the game to end in Tondela and when the guarantee that Moreirense would go to the play-off arrived, the party broke out in the stadium. At that time, Sá Pinto went to the stands to thank the cannons for their support, but he also went to the top where Vizela’s supporters were already coming out. At this moment, he made a vehement and provocative gesture, which sparked a huge wave of protest, fought by the GNR.

“I am emotional and I love the people of Vizela, I really like having lunch and dinner there, but it made me sad to see this between neighbours. I don’t want help, because I don’t like it either, but I’d rather save my neighbor than a stranger or someone further away. I am like that, regionalist and nationalist. I couldn’t resist and I admit that it hurt me and I didn’t like it either when our fans started saying ‘olés, olés'”, he explained his behavior. , which pleased his fans, which chanted Sá Pinto’s name in song.

Diogo Godinho, president of SAD do Vizela, who did not appreciate what happened, left the presidential platform visibly angry. And also coach Álvaro Pacheco: “It was unfortunate and we coaches have to know how to be and control our emotions. It was an act out of context and I believe that Sá Pinto, a good person, must be sorry.

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