President of Sporting commented on the process that the Disciplinary Council opened to the lions due to Carlos Xavier’s statements about Taremi.
Frederico Varandas spoke this Wednesday, as Sporting departed for Austria, about the xenophobic comments that Carlos Xavier made on Sporting TV regarding Mehdi Taremi, FC Porto forward. These statements even led to the opening of a disciplinary process against the Leonine SAD. The president of the lions referred to « people who can do and say what they want in this country », remembering that « for years » he heard people treating « the people of Lisbon as Moors, a divisive, discriminatory and xenophobic discourse, which fuels the division . »
« Carlos Xavier made an unfortunate comment and he himself was careful to publicly retract it. He called the player (Taremi) a Muslim and the truth is that he publicly apologized, to the player, to Sporting and to Sporting TV, because the club did not You see yourself in these types of comments, but in fact it seems there are people who can do and say what they want in this country. For years I heard people treating the people of Lisbon as Moors, a divisive, discriminatory and xenophobic discourse, which fuels division. .. It seems that there is a part of the country that is pure and another that is Moorish. I don’t know if CD has any idea, I think he does, but Moorish is synonymous with Saracen, with someone who practices Islam. I don’t think it’s funny. I believe that Muslims don’t find it funny either and I’m sorry that there isn’t the same treatment », pointed out the leader, at Beja airport.
Sporting travels to Austria late this afternoon and tomorrow, starting at 8pm, they will face Sturm Graz, in the first round of the Europa League group stage.