Teams: SPORTING CP & Portugal NT
The incredible start of this 2011/12 league, with the usual refereeing mistakes coincidentally favouring the usual customers, was not taken softly by the club's current board of directors. The club rightly accused the referee of having done a terrible job and did not even mention the little helps that allowed our rivals to win points in the first round of the league.
We did not send a dvd to the Government or menaced to boycott games or tournaments, like some other club did last season, but we complained and we were bloody right to do so.
To make things even better our friends from LPFP (Portuguese League organisers) announced that João Ferreira would be the ref appointed for this match. A guy, that together with his infamous assistant Pais António, signed some of the most scandalous broad day light robberies against us in the very recent past. Again we complained and again we were very entitled to do it. Again, we did not send any dvd or menaced to boycott games or participation in tournaments.
On Friday the club's president called a press conference to present a document with a series of proposals to bring more transparency to refereeing in Portugal. I have read it and I did not find anything unreasonable or particularly innovative for that matters.
On the night before that (and not after the press conference like some press has been wanting to make it look like) João Ferreira announced that he refused to referee our game...all hell break lose. Now the refs available to replace him refuse to referee this match "in solidarity with their injusticed colleague". Right now it is not clear who will referee the game.
Strangely enough, last year, when a certain club presented a dvd to the Government complaining about the way their club was mistreated by the refs and the way another club was helped out by them, nothing of this kind happened. I wonder why?
Anyway, in football terms this will be an important match for us. Domingos starts to be under pressure, more because of his blind insistence in starting our matches with 9 men (no, Djaló and Postiga don't count) than because of the results. There is no reason to believe that he will change that but hope is the last thing to die.
Jeffrén got injured in Denmark which gave the chance for André Carrillo to be called. Another new name on the list of players called is Valeri Bojinov, who is coming out of an injury and upon whom many hopes lie.
Here is the list of players called for this game...
Goalkeepers: Rui Patrício and Marcelo Boeck.
Defenders: Rodríguez, Daniel Carriço, Polga, Onyewu, Evaldo and João Pereira.
Midfielders: André Santos, Schaars, Izmailov, Diego Capel, Matías Fernandez, André Carrillo and Fito Rinaudo.
Forwards: Bojinov, Diego Rubio, van Wolfswinkel, Yannick Djaló and Hélder Postiga.
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