Luís Filipe Vieira sent a message through the official website of Benfica.
Being away from the Country with my family and confronted with the latest news, I want to convey a very clear message to all our Members and supporters.
Benfica fans can be totally assured that no one from Benfica has ever bought any referee or player of an opposing team, or in any circumstance tried to manipulate the truth of sport.
All our victories have resulted only from our merit and from our work. More than ever, the best response we can give is to strengthen our unity and cohesion, because together we are stronger.
What really matters in all this negative campaign mounted by our rivals is to avoid at all costs that Benfica conquer the 5th championship in a row. Because, in desperation, they need to present results for their own survival.
This new round of anonymous denunciations results from the fact that they fail to demonstrate any evidence of corruption or influence peddling.
I want everyone to know, and I say it with pride, that in Benfica we can walk with our heads held high. Here there are no excuses for wiretaps, no “Apito Dourado”, no invited guests, no fruits offered, and six and seven goalkeepers.
Be assured that our response will always be compatible with the greatness of our history and our Club.
This attack attacks each and every Benfica fan in his dignity and honor. They know that our culture is incompatible with corruption. They also know that journalism lends itself to these orders. But I warn you that the entire Benfica Nation will be called to take in your hands the attack on this vile and false campaign.
I reaffirm the confidence that justice will know how to restore the truth of the facts. And this is the time of justice.
Soon, I will have the opportunity to speak out to all Benfica fans and as always I will be at the forefront in the intransigent defense of the good name of our Sport Lisboa e Benfica.
I wish you all a happy new year for the 5th Championship.
A liar will always be a liar. A thief will still be a thief. Even Benfica’s lawyer says there is influence peddling, so this message proves to be a farce from start to finish.
New year, new life for Benfica: heading to the second division.