“We’re not choirboys”: Farense president targets refereeing after latest defeat

Another losing effort against Moreirense last Monday (1-2) at Estádio de São Luís in Faro proved to be the last straw for Farense president João Rodrigues, who said after the match that the club has been frequently foiled by bad refereeing decisions this season.

“We’re not choirboys. What’s going on is not pretty. We feel like we’re being foiled, like we’re not being respected and that is not acceptable,” Rodrigues told reporters from the club’s press room after Farense saw its winless streak increase to four games, adding that there is a “feeling of revolt” among the squad.

Farense is currently sitting at the bottom of the Primeira Liga standings, with just 13 points in 17 matches. However, the club feels like many of the poor results are directly linked to poor refereeing decisions which have cost the club points.

“We don’t know why, but we have the perception that we are constantly penalised,” said the president.

“What I think, and anyone with good sense will agree, is that there are mistakes that are made in favour and against all teams during a season. Unfortunately for Farense, 99%, if not 100%, of the mistakes have been against Farense. It is very strange,” he said, adding however that the squad refuses to throw in the towel.

“We will fight and we will succeed, against everything and everyone,” said Rodrigues, stressing however that the club has not declared ‘war’ against referees.

“It is an extremely difficult job which we respect greatly,” he said.

The truth is that Farense’s poor results led the club to part ways with manager Sérgio Vieira, who has been replaced by former Olhanense manager Jorge Costa.

Costa has yet to win a game since taking over, having drawn in his debut against Santa Clara (1-1) and lost on Monday against Moreirense.

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