Parliamentary leader encourages Portuguese to ‘flock en-masse’ to Seville to watch Portugal v Belgium game…

Social media has exploded with ‘righteous indignation’ today over comments made by parliamentary leader Ferro Rodrigues after last night’s Euro championship game in which Portugal went forwards to the semi-finals, to play Belgium in Seville on Sunday.

His words? He hopes the Portuguese will flock en masse to Seville to support the national team.

Yes, it is ‘odd’ – bearing in mind all the focus on ‘containing the Delta variant’, and doing what we’re told by those in positions of responsibility. But as Mr Rodrigues is a member of government, and he has said he will be going to the game “with the greatest of pleasure” himself, along with President Marcelo, Portuguese citizens – at least the ones free to travel outside their own areas of residence – may feel that they must indeed ‘flock en masse’ to Seville, come what may.

Certainly the uproar over Twitter suggests quite a few have decided Mr Rodrigues just had a very senior moment…

natasha.donn@algarveresident.com