Cheerleading, football and justice – observer

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A few days ago I was talking to a great friend, a loyal Porto fan and a famous lawyer from our yard, about the unfortunate events during the celebrations for the title of Futebol Clube do Porto, when we “disagree”. I told him that I thought the sad crime that had occurred was the result of the unfortunate state in which our judicial system had fallen and the sense of impunity that this imparted to the majority of the Portuguese population, and he replied, “Our justice is good, recommended, but because it is not divine and made by people, it also fails, Like all other worldly things.”

I do not agree with you my friend! Sorry, but I think quite the opposite. I replied: I think the justice system is sick and broken and in need of a comprehensive and urgent reform.

This is exactly my conviction! The feeling of impunity in some factions of our society makes them not afraid to break the law, because they trust their lawyers, many of whom pay them in gold.
And we are all amazed at the ability of great and experienced lawyers to so easily free their constituents from harsh punishments, with petty and sometimes Machiavellian claims, which are nothing more than cunning tricks of the law that allow them to circumvent our penal code.

I don’t understand how you can get a suspended sentence for a rapist or a pedophile! I don’t understand how Judge Evo Rosa came out with lots only on the third attempt and the case of José Socrates, in the face of all the known evidence, had allegations we’ve all heard: some crimes have already expired, in others the evidence cannot be considered true and in other cases the evidence has been poorly supported by Before the prosecutor’s office. In any case. Meanwhile, Jose Socrates continues to quietly await the decision.

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I still do not understand how Ricardo Salgado, after all the evidence collected and presented in court, is still under presumed house arrest in his mansion and is still able to spend his holidays abroad! With all due respect to the suffering of Alzheimer’s patients and their families, let me not trust this new procedural data.

I don’t understand why he was so quick to arrest Roy Pinto and whether he was too slow or practically ineffective in investigating the alleged crimes he denounced! I don’t understand how certain sharks in our society are allowed the debt of millions and for the common feat, like most of us, if we fail to make any commitment to the state, a letter of finances comes to us quickly at home threatening him with a tax lien!

I don’t understand how the “Casa Bia” and “Golden Whistle” scandals resulted in a bunch of almost nothing just because the wiretapping we hear was “obtained illegally”.

With all this, and more than I can recall, I really don’t understand why there is no government courage to propose a profound reform of our justice, which would frighten criminals and prevent all manipulation of a law that does not protect in any way. Organized and honest citizens but doing their best to escape the criminals of the worst carats! It is these grievances of our justice that rebel me! This is what pisses me off in this country!

But if I get into the world of Portuguese football, I feel really ignorant. You can be insulted, punched, cheated, tax evaded, and little happens. Sometimes there is a penalty or another, but almost always after several months and by chance on the eve of big derbies or theoretically more difficult matches. Everything is normal! Follow! It is part of our football. It is an authentic banana farm, located in a real banana republic.

Nor do I understand what the legal form of our justice system is that allows so many clubs to declare bankruptcy, drive all their creditors to despair, reopen the door under another name and the next day, without any responsibilities!

But whistling to the side in the face of serious problems with organized cheer leaves me baffled. The unfortunate death of this youngster in Porto is just another death attributed to the responsibility of fans intruding around football. Many of these planets are home to brutally dangerous gangs, which also seem to enjoy massive impunity, similar to what happens with many sports leaders where impunity is wholly practical.

Because all this is known, I also do not understand how our rulers have not yet taken drastic legislative measures in order to put an end to the cheerleading frenzy. Ban decree! Simply and expressly forbid the existence of organized cheerleading and put an end to all the advantages and privileges currently attributable to them.

After the ban and control comprehensively! Missing clients? Until such well-trained clients are found and given the freedom to act, so that everyone who loves sports can once again enjoy this passion with their family without risking their physical safety. It is urgent to put down the actively organized encouragement, and to transfer all its members to the category of supporters, since they will all be treated in the same way, without any exception.

About 30 years ago, the British had big problems with trouble makers In the stadiums and the surrounding areas, which culminated in the play Heysel where dozens and dozens of people were killed. After this tragedy, the English government imposed exemplary measures and sanctions that practically ended this scourge, and today English football is a model for the whole world. England is probably the safest place to watch a football match.

When the very light tragedy struck the Estádio Nacional here, I still thought we’d finally end the cheerleading. But no, I was wrong and unfortunately they not only stayed but doubled. Alcochete’s shame gave me some hope, but again it was just hope and the reality is still very different.

I am passionate about sports and I was passionate about football. I even cried with sadness and joy as a fan of this sport… I went through both experiences.
Sadly, when Academica was relegated to the second division some 40 years ago, losing in the league with Salgueros; But the joy when Portugal were European champions and when Briusa won the Portuguese Cup against Sporting in the heart of the National Stadium, where I was a fan. I cried compulsively while hugging my children, my wife, and my friends. That was my relationship with football.

But in recent years, with a lot of mixing that I’ve seen and still see in our football, from coaching to professional, that passion has waned and practically disappeared. Portuguese football, with some honorable exceptions, is currently an underworld that seems to be living outside the law. A broker that handles a lot of money and maybe that’s why it is full of people who have no values ​​and principles, who are worth practically anything as long as the result is just an individual promotion or a huge financial return.

They are killing Portuguese football and it would be necessary to change a lot for me to enter the field again and shake football.

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