On June 29, the President of Benfica made a speech (well, he read some texts that someone gave him – António Galamba) to defend himself against the accusations made by Francisco J. Marques:
In the last weeks, people tried to create suspicions and conditioning on all the sports agents, when the beginning of a new era approaches. Benfica was treated with a succession of accusations, all of them false and unfounded. It is up to us to maintain serenity and to keep our distance from behaviors that are not characteristic of sport, let alone the relationships that must exist between partners in the same activity sector. It is important to emphasize that we must only fight the battles that we choose ourselves, never those that people want to drag us into. Benfica did nothing to contribute to this deadly conflict, which in the end will ultimately victimize those who unleashed and fed it irresponsibly. For this reason, we are pleased that the matter has been brought to justice.
In our club, there are no acts practiced outside the law, nor conduct that may be subject to censorship. Soon enough this will be clear to all. The sporting success, financial stability and the existence of a very professional organization are a cause of discomfort for those who cannot be proud of being at a level of excellence as the one Benfica is. Those who think that can make us distract from our primary goals, they are entirely wrong. I guarantee that our focus is on the planning and preparation of the next season so that, in the end, we can celebrate again. Let’s start a new season with renewed ambition because we have a new, unprecedented achievement to conquer: the 4th championship in a row. Always with humility, a lot of determination, a lot of ambition and respect for our opponents
Acts practiced outside the law? “Porta 18” means anything to you? [The police caught the driver of Luís Filipe Vieira and therefor the employee of Benfica with 9.5kg of cocaine on the door number 18 of Benfica Stadium, this door is the one where the offices of Benfica are located]. The murder of a person by an ultra supporter of yours, who you illegally support?
Vieira continued is speech:
I want to confide something about our results. The real potion for high goals and incredible defenses. Our sorcerer, the main wizard, is Rui Vitoria. The most dazzling fantasies are of Jonas. The best-kept secrets are from our Captain Luisão. The most potent potion is the one of Fejsa. The most brilliant powders come from the feet of our artists, such as Nélson Semedo, Cervi, Rafa and others
António Galamba writes terrific speeches and full of lies without a doubt. And we bet that Rui [coach of Benfica] will love the comparison to the wizard!