The Portuguese prosecutor opened on Tuesday an investigation into an attack suffered by a cameraman of the television channel TVI while filming outside the stadium after the league match between the Moreirense and the Port (1-1).
TVI, which “vehemently repudiated” the violence against its journalist in a statement, said that the attacker would be agent Pedro Pinho, close to FC Porto and the club’s president, Jorge Pinto da Costa, who was also present during the assault. according to the images broadcast by the channel.
In the morning, the Portuguese league expressed its “solidarity with the journalist Francisco Ferreira” and asked “serenity in the days remaining to complete the championship.
For its part, the Portuguese Journalists Union said in a statement that “the use of verbal or physical violence against journalists, regardless of the pretext, is not admissible in a democracy.”
The match between FC Porto and Moreirense (matchday 29), played on the club’s lawn in the city of Moreira de Conegos in the extreme northwest of Portugal, ended in tension as Porto lost two points that leave them almost out of the option to win the league.
At the final whistle, several players and members of the Dragons squad, including manager Sergio Conceiçao, attacked the match referee, marking the fourth suspension of the season for the 46-year-old manager.
Led after a goal conceded at the end of the first half, Porto managed to equalize with five minutes from the end of regulation time and could have won if the conquest of Spanish Toni Martínez had not been rejected by an offside position by a few centimeters in the last minutes of added time.
With this tie, FC Porto, second in the standings, fell behind Sporting Portugal, the only leader with a six-point lead five days before the end of the Portuguese championship.