27 November 2021, 23h45
"We regret what happened in Jamor, this black page of Portuguese football and of the country itself. Under no circumstances was Benfica heard in the process of considering whether to hold this match. Benfica complied with the regulations, it was obliged to do so, and so was B SAD. If Benfica did not step onto the pitch, it would lose the points. We should all be ashamed of what happened, but under no circumstances is Benfica responsible for what happened. The two entities that could postpone this game, the Directorate-General of Health and the League, didn't do it, Benfica could not postpone the match", he said.
"Benfica was already ready to play without knowing who was going to play. There was no formalization from the League or B SAD about the cancellation of the game. Benfica is oblivious to this situation, I know perfectly well the state that the president of B SAD is in because last year this happened to us. We even had to play with 35 people at home, most of them were players, we jeopardized the Championship because of COVID-19, we lost a League Cup final because of COVID-19 and I regret this situation", he stressed.
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