Present at a press conference on the eve of the semi-final second leg of the Europa League between Manchester United and AS Roma (to be continued on RMC Sport 1), Bruno Fernandes was asked about a link between the recent events taking place in Manchester United and those he knew at Sporting. With a small correction addressed to a journalist.
Pay attention to the names. Ahead of the semi-final return of the Europa League between AS Roma and Manchester United (this Thursday on RMC Sport), Bruno Fernandes was entitled to a question on recent events which notably led to the postponement of the match against in Liverpool last Sunday.
Several hundred supporters invaded Old Trafford and entered the stadium lawn to protest against the American owners of the Mancunian club, which has been the subject of much criticism, especially since the announcement of the Super League project in which the Red Devils were part.
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But the journalist who asked the Portuguese question made the unfortunate mistake of calling the playmaker’s former club … Sporting Lisbon. In a light tone, Bruno Fernandes took it up, with a “Sporting Clube de Portugal please”.
Events very different from those at Sporting
In May 2018, a group of Sporting supporters violently invaded the club’s training center to ransack the locker rooms and took the opportunity to assault club staff, technical staff and players. These events, which may now seem distant for Sporting, leaders of the Portuguese championship, will surely remain anchored for life in the heads of those who have lived them.
Facing the press, Bruno Fernandes confided that the recent demonstrations by Manchester United supporters remained very far from the brutality of those which took place at Sporting.
“It was completely different and it was something between the fans and the players. Here we have no problem with the fans, they couldn’t be closer to us. Nothing happens to us, he insists. The problems the fans had at Sporting were passed on to the players and it was really different from what happened to us on Sunday. Honestly, I don’t want to compare because I don’t want to remember what it happened at Sporting. “