Manchester City have reacted angrily to an inflammatory newsletter sent out by Porto following Tuesday’s Champions League showdown.
Porto and Manchester City played out a dismal goalless draw at the Dragao last night. However, some incidents that occurred during the game saw the Portuguese side publish a provocative newsletter on Wednesday morning.
The altercation between the two managers, Sergio Conceicao and Pep Guardiola, has provoked some harsh words in the post-match conference. After being allegedly insulted by his City counterpart on the touchline, Conceicao was quick to respond after the game, saying he ‘would be said’ if he had the Spaniard’s budget and could not win.
But, the argument between the two sides has continued with a series of allegations, including Porto should have been awarded a penalty for a foul by City goalkeeper Ederson. Apart from that, the controversial newsletter also said: “There should have been a red card given to Fernandinho, who despite being 35 is a clear example that football money counts a lot, but it doesn’t buy class.”
Porto went even further to remind the world of Bernardo Silva’s one-match ban and a £50,000 fine back in November 2019 after a Football Association commission accepted he “did not intend” a tweet about Benjamin Mendy to be “racist.”
Indeed, the newsletter portrayed the winger as being “known internationally for having been convicted of racism.”
In a counter-statement issued hours after Porto’s allegations surfaced in public, Manchester City mentioned the game that took place at this same venue in 2012. Back then, UEFA punished the Portuguese heavyweights with £18,000 after finding their fans guilty of racially abusing Yaya Toure and Mario Balotelli during that match.
Manchester City deeply unhappy with Porto over their official newsletter, which criticised Bernardo Silva, Pep Guardiola & Fernandinho. Newsletter says Bernardo is “known internationally for having been convicted of racism.” pic.twitter.com/vdXNmkkgWA— Paul Hirst (@hirstclass) December 2, 2020
“This is not the first time that Porto have reacted badly in circumstances like this,” said a Manchester City spokesperson.
“On this occasion, it is the ill-judged and targeted criticism of some of our individual players and indeed our manager, which we wholly reject.
“In 2012, the last season we encountered them, it was the denial by the club of clear racist behavior of their fans for which they were investigated and fined. In this context, this latest outburst is almost as surprising as it is disappointing.”