On Tuesday, Franciso J. Marques revealed in the channel Porto Canal an email that showed that PSP, Public Security Police, and Benfica had tried to delay the fans of FC Porto to enter the stadium of Benfica on a “Classico”. PSP came to deny the case in the wrong way, alleging that accusations had been made by the communication director of FC Porto, but he read only an e-mail exchanged between elements of Benfica.
Here is the message of PSP:
The Public Security Police has publicly denied and repudiates the content of the accusations issued by the head of Futebol Clube do Porto.
There is and never has been any attitude, action or mere intention on the part of PSP to benefit or cause injury to any club and its supporters.
The Public Security Police rules its action by strict compliance with principles of legality and proportionality, and any policing option is based on the assessment of operational needs, taking into account the perceived risk, its analysis, the dynamics of the supporters, the information collected and the history of conflict, among others, always in a perspective of integral policing, adapted to the concrete reality.
Although we do not publicly disclose operational details, it is important to clarify that the adoption of second lines of search with police officers has been a practice for several years, being triggered in some games considered high risk, whether of the national championship or of the UEFA competitions, according to the criteria mentioned above.
Lisbon, National Directorate of PSP, 20 December 2017.
In this statement it is necessary to emphasize that the PSP never even wrote the name of the club, Benfica, nor in which game, nor in what stage Francisco J. Marques was referring quoting an email between responsible of Benfica. Probably not to annoy their partner.
F.C. Porto, in a statement on its website, clarified the misunderstanding of the PSP.
The National Directorate of the PSP issued a statement Wednesday in which it seeks to disprove alleged allegations of FC Porto (FCP). It is important to clarify that FC Porto, through its Director of Communication and Information, did not accuse PSP of anything, but merely read the initial part of an email sent on December 21, 2009 by Rui Pereira, Director of Safety of Sport Lisboa e Benfica, for the administrator of Sport Lisboa e Benfica Domingos Soares Oliveira, with knowledge of the legal advisor Paulo Gonçalves.
In this e-mail Benfica managers talk about a “strategy set up to delay the entry of fans of the FCP”, “strategy that included the participation of PSP.”
To avoid any doubt, we reproduce the entire email that we’re referencing
This is the e-mail that they are referring to:
On red is highlighted the critical part “As we talked there was a strategy set up to delay the entry of FCP supporters. This strategy included the participation of the PSP, given that a 2 line of the search was installed by the spotters / PSP. However, this was not achieved, in my view, because of the extremely early arrival of FCP supporters in Lisbon (as I feared), to the point where the PSP was surprised, and there was still no agents to receive them at Alverca, in the highway.”
The PSP could have already clarified its position on this e-mail, but they didn’t do it yet … Are they feeling guilty?
The protection that the PSP does to Benfica
If we talk about December 1, the game of the “Classico” between Porto and Benfica, the PSP has made no statement, or any communication or written in the report of the match, that the supporters of Benfica had sown terror in the avenue to reach the stadium of FC Porto, and even rubber bullets were fired by the PSP, which also affected the supporters of FC Porto. Why did the PSP do not refer to this episode? Augusto Baganha, president of the Portuguese Institute of Sport and Youth, told that Benfica supporters are not a problem for the police. With the existing partnership between the PSP and Benfica, it is not surprising.