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BALL – Read the (negative) opinion of the Arbitration Board on the proposal of Sporting (Football)



BALL - Read the (negative) opinion of the Arbitration Board on the proposal of Sporting (Football)

Sporting CP have asked the league’s general assembly on Tuesday to allow the recording of the referee’s conversations, including the video referee, as evidence in disciplinary proceedings.

“According to the opinion we requested, the Arbitration Board (AC) understood that the proposals presented to the General Assembly do not comply with FIFA and IFAB guidelines. Based on this assumption, the matter was brought up for discussion by the members, who sovereignly decided to abide by this decision and not approve the proposals of Sporting, said Paulo Rozeira, legal director of the League of Portugal, at the end of the Assembly.

BOLA had access to the opinion of the Arbitration Board circulated among the representatives of the professional clubs at the General Assembly. It is believed that “a question of such great importance deserved deeper reflection, since the time allotted for pronunciation is clearly not enough for an adequate and detailed presentation of it,” but it is immediately indicated that “the proposed rules seem illegal.” , natural from the point of view of the Law, and unacceptable, taking into account the mandatory rules of IFAB and FIFA.

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“In an email dated June 4, 2022, Your Excellency. informs the Arbitration Board that a proposal to amend the Disciplinary Regulations has been submitted by a member of the League of Portugal proposing amendments to Article 13, al. h), as well as the introduction of a new Article 15a.

With regard to Article 13, al. h) The proposed amendment aims to include as part of the basic principles of disciplinary proceedings a guarantee of access by the accused within 24 hours not only to the records of the arbitration panel’s communication systems, but also to communications between the chief arbitrator and the VAR.

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The new Article 15-A, which has, let’s say, everything but the content of the disciplinary rule, specifies that entries between elements of the judging panel must be recorded, and also states that such entries will be used to evaluate members of the judging panel, for their training, for evidence in disciplinary proceedings and to provide them to the club that requests it, in relation to the games in which they participated.

In other words, if in article 13 we are still moving in the area of ​​the disciplinary process – and final access to these records can only be granted in this context – in article 15.º-A the possibilities are endless, as it gives the club the opportunity to request, without further ado , accessing records without any reason or justification that justifies it.

Following the announcement of such proposals, Your Excellency. requests “that this Arbitration Board conduct a competent analysis and assessment and inform us of the legality / or incompatibility of the above proposals in accordance with the current rules”, also mentioning that “June 7th General Assembly of the discussion of the above proposals, therefore it is extremely important that your considerations be brought to the League of Portugal by the 6th of this month.”

First of all, it should be noted that an issue of such great importance deserved a deeper understanding, and the time allotted for a speech is clearly not enough for an adequate and detailed presentation of it.

In any case, the proposed rules seem illegal, naturally from the point of view of the Law, and unacceptable from the point of view of the mandatory instructions of the IFAB and FIFA, as we shall see.

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Access to audio from the refereeing team and between the refereeing team and VAR is considered inadmissible before IFAB and FIFA. 18 IFAB of 7 April 2020, states that “It was also agreed that a greater understanding of the decision-making process, such as access to conversation between match officials during review, is not appropriate at this stage, but that more effort should be made to improve existing communication approaches to improve understanding of the review process and the final decision of the referee.” Following this circular, FIFA also issued a circular dated September 3, 2020, addressed to all refereeing boards of all football federations, expressly stating that the transfer of any records of this type is prohibited and that any failure to comply with this definition will be understood as a violation of the VAR protocol.

This position of IFAB and FIFA has not changed yet.

In the same way, there is no other federation that provides unconditional access to the records of the judging panel.

Thus, it is clear that the sporting community that regulates this issue clearly determines the impossibility of providing these records and that the approval of the proposed norms would constitute a violation of the VAR protocol with the ensuing consequences.

On the other hand, it is important to note that there is a difference between having a person with jurisdictional authority to attach a certain record – if one exists, of course – and being able to request access to the same without any reason or reason.

It should also be noted that Article 15-A governs matters strictly within the competence of the Arbitration Board. In fact, Article 45, No. 1 of the Legal Regime of Sports Federations provides that “The Arbitration Board, without prejudice to other powers granted by the statute, coordinates and manages arbitration activities, sets the parameters for the training of athletes. judges and proceed with their technical classification”, therefore, a rule of this kind in regulating issues related to the evaluation and training of judges, proposed by the Sports Society, seems illegal.

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On the other hand, this Article 15-A appears only and only as a gateway to all audio recordings that exist, either between the VAR and the judging panel, or between elements of the judging panel, without any basis, even disciplinary ones. trial in progress. Thus, without this causal connection with any disciplinary process, this article is also inadmissible due to the lack of competence of the General Assembly of the League to approve it within the framework of the Disciplinary Regulations.

In fact, there are reasonable doubts that such access would be compatible with the personal data protection regime.

Other considerations, in view of the apparent illegality and inadmissibility of the proposed amendments, remain in the background, but which cannot be ignored, relate to the incomprehensible 24-hour period for access to records, the cost of implementation and maintenance of which is not even expected by the Portuguese League or the period during which these records must be kept.

These considerations, as we said, are secondary, they only show the complete absence of logic and justification for the proposals now being proposed.

In view of the foregoing, we believe that these proposals should be immediately rejected under the threat of illegality and violation of the VAR protocol with the ensuing consequences.”

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BALL – Francisco J. Marquez and roller hockey classic: “FC Porto’s whistle was blown” (FC Porto)



BALL - Francisco J. Marquez and roller hockey classic: "FC Porto's whistle was blown" (FC Porto)

Benfica’s victory over Porto (5:3) in the fourth match of the final of the national roller hockey championship caused some criticism of the refereeing from the Dragons. After manager Ricardo Ares expressed disbelief that the Eagles had two fouls in 30 minutes, it was Francisco J. Marquez’s turn to use social media to reflect on opponents.

“The roller hockey championship will decide in the black on Wednesday night, but Benfica began to interfere in the decisive game as soon as the fourth leg was over, with the traditional inversion of the truth, taking advantage of very good refereeing. . Ricardo Ares [treinador do FC Porto] did not comment on the actions of the referee, limiting himself to stating that in 30 minutes Benfica had only two fouls, which would be surprising in a friendly game, not to mention a tense playoff match. In the 16th minute the foul score was 8-8, a natural balance in line with the history of the games between the two teams and even in harmony with the balance between the championship finalists. From that moment on, the whistle was blown at Porto and released at Benfica. Porto were winning 1-0 and the foul streak started for only one side, with Benfica taking advantage of the 10th foul to equalize. A new advantage for our team and a few more fouls for Benfica, who drew from a free kick on the 15th foul. At the 15th minute of the game the score was 7-0 on fouls, after 8-8 of the first 16 minutes. Until 21 minutes later, the ninth foul of Benfica followed, when the score was already 4-2. Only those who have never seen a hockey game might find it normal.”

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The PR director of FC Porto also spoke about the situation that happened at half-time at the Pavillão da Luz stadium, when Luis Senica, President of the Portuguese Skating Federation, was forced to leave the President’s podium after the fans heated up.

“Speaking of watching hockey games, Luis Senica, the president of the figure skating federation, can come to the Dragao Arena to watch the decisive game because he will not be mistreated or harassed. Our fans, as usual, will support the team unsurpassed,” he concluded.

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Futsal: Sporting beat Benfica again and became national champion



Futsal: Sporting beat Benfica again and became national champion

Sporting are two-time national futsal champions after beating Benfica 4-3 tonight in the third game of the championship final.

After winning two overtime wins in their first two games, the Lions took the field this Saturday knowing they could end the night. And the task, it must be said, was difficult, painful, but not so much that additional time was required … for very little.

At half-time, the team led by Nuno Dias had already had a hand in Kaneko as they won 3-0. In futsal, things can change from moment to moment, but this has not happened, despite the latest threat to the formation of Pulpis.


Goals from Pauleta, Cavinato and Cardinal were answered by goalkeeper André Sousa – with the help of Merlin’s precious deflection – with a cut to 3-1 early in the second period.

The Eagles had a new hope, which Ziki Te tried to cool shortly after, taking advantage of the rebound from the beautiful shot of Pani Varela.

But there was still a game.

Arthur returned to reduce for the Reds, twice, and the eagle returned to be in discussion in the title. So much so that Arthur himself hit the post at the last second, in a dramatic final that once again crowned the lion.

Sporting repeat the triumph of last season and win the 17th league title in history. This increases the difference with the rival Benfica, which has eight achievements in history.

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Sporting Benfica Match 3 Futsal Playoff Final



Sporting Benfica Match 3 Futsal Playoff Final


league poster
playoff final
(Game 3)
Final result
INT: 3-0
Sporting four
Benfica 3
Pauleta 5′
Diego Cavinato 13′
Cardinal 18′
Ziki 33′
Andre Souza (26′)
Arthur (34′)
Arthur (39′)

O Benfica fought until the last attack of the game, until the (literally) last second of the derby to stay in contention for the national title, but the Irons proved to be an extra opponent and the Pulpis-led side lost a third time by close margin (4:3) against Sporting CP in the final Liga Placard play-offs in Pavilhão João Rocha with the definition of the champion.

With a couple of dangerous approaches to the goal under the protection of Guitta, the Benfica team was the first to record a goal in the derby.. Nevertheless, with common opportunities, as a result, the hosts moved the scoreboard in the 5th minute (1-0), in the conclusion of Pauleta on the transfer of Eric Mendonza, who, however, returning the ball, committed foul (unsigned) on Jacard.

Benfica had two great chances to force a draw in the 10th minute, but Arthurfirst and Afonso Jesusmissed the target on the second try.

In another match of noticeable intensity, Benfica brought back captain Robinho, but did not count on Nilsson (injured) and lost center Roche (right leg injury) in the middle of the first half… and agreed to 2-0 in the 13th minute (marked by Diego Cavinato) in the development of a set piece. At this point, the Sporting fans smashed the glass in the railing behind the Benfica bench and the game was interrupted for several minutes to repair the damage.

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The resumption of the match gave Benfica another privileged opportunity: Arthur headed for the crossbar of Gitta’s goal in the 16th minute.after a punch from goalkeeper André Souza. In the 17th minute, the Eagles have another great chance: in the 10-meter free kick (punishing Sporting for the sixth foul), Arthur shot with his left foot and hit the iron!

Inefficiency (and misfortune) on the one hand, exploitation on the other. Cardinal ended the game in the penalty area without resistance in the 18th minute with a pass from Pauleta that caused an imbalance on the right. Break came from 3-0 not a marker.

Dissatisfied with Benfica, they kept the game in the second half.. Andre Souza entered the court for 25′, took a risk from the middle distance and pointed 3-1. Three minutes later Arthur once again bet on a powerful shot… and hit the post again.

The Benfica team insisted on a 3-2 score, but Sporting had both offensive arguments and 4-1 Ziki at 33′. Benfica reacted quickly, reducing the score to 4-2 thanks to a strike from Artur on the left flank (34′)..


Five minutes before the end, Benfica began to risk 5×4. In the first move in superiority, Romulo missed the ball in an excellent position. Repeating the strategy with each attack, Glorioso reduced the score to 4:3 in the 39th minute: Robinho broke through from the right, assisted, and Artur did not forgive in the penalty area.

20 seconds left Robinho was inches from his tie, and the shot came just a few meters from the square; in the last second after a corner from the right, Artur hit the post. Incredible trouble!

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Thus, the last chance for a draw in the derby disappeared, and with the third defeat with a minimum margin in the Championship play-off final (5-4 after expansion, 3-4 after expansion and 4-3), Benfica saw the opportunity to continue discussing the trophy slip away.



Pulpis (Benfica coach): “The difference is in the details, the moments when we have to know how to suffer, others when we have to be lucky, because there were games in which we did not have enough luck. There were three very balanced games, we deserved to win. this final until the fourth game. In the three games played, the team proved worthy to win at least one victory. And here, in the first game, as in Luz, we deserved more. Today everything was different. We started well, the first five minutes were incredible on both sides, with a fantastic level of intensity, we had four very clear chances, and so did they. Then we conceded a goal that hurt us and we scored two more due to errors in concentration that we couldn’t” In the second half, the team didn’t give up, it was Benfica! We had many chances to equalize, we pressed a lot, in 5 on 4 we had a lot of chances and we deserved it before, but the ball should go in and it didn’t go in.”

Andre Souza (Benfica goalkeeper): “It is important to understand that doing everything is not enough, there are factors that we have to take into account that matter, and in this final, with such balanced games, they have always been on the same side. There is something to improve. , those who play for Benfica must understand that this cannot be, we must win, we have not won for a long time. None of us are happy with what happened. We want more!

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Pavilion Joao Rocha
Benfica starting five
André Souza, Romulo, Robinho, Chishkala and Rocha
Martim Figueira, Silvestre Ferreira, Afonso Jesus, Artur, Rafael Henmi, Bruno Sintra, Carlos Monteiro and Jacare
Sporting starting five
Gitta, Eric Mendonza, Joao Matos, Diego Cavinato and Merlin
Gonzalo Portugal, Ziki, Cardinal, Tomas Paso, Pauleta, Pani Varela and Esteban Guerrero
during break 3-0
Benfica: Andre Souza (26′), Arthur (34′ and 39′); Sporting: Pauleta (5′), Diego Cavinato (13′), Cardinal (18′), Ziki (33′)

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