António Salvador and criticism of the controversial clause in the sale of David Carmo: «Sick sports culture» – Sp. Braga

António Salvador considered “revealing profound ignorance or blatant bad faith” the discussion around the clause of the transfer of David Carmo from Sp. Braga to FC Porto, which determines that the Dragons will have to pay 500 thousand euros to the Minho whenever they win the League with the central. In a statement, the president of the warriors guarantees that variables of this nature already exist in Portugal, “it is not even necessary to leave the year 2022 to find a contract concluded between clubs classified in European places that provides, within the scope of the transfer of a player, prizes associated with the buyer club’s qualifications for the UEFA Champions League.”

“At no time can SC Braga agree with insinuations about its practices and interests. Never, in almost 20 years in the presidency, have I allowed any contract concluded with third parties to interfere with coaches and players, as all those who have passed through the SC Braga and who found in this house an absolute and uncompromising commitment to the competition and to the maximum responsibility of, in each game, honoring the name of this Club, taking the field to win, wherever and whenever, against whoever it is. “, stressed Salvador.

Announcement from Antonio Salvador:

SC Braga has been following the discussion generated by the inclusion of clauses associated with sports performance in the contract signed with FC Porto within the scope of the transfer of David Carmo, understanding that, given the existing noise, it is essential to contribute to the debate with contextualized information, which allows understanding framing these practices and anticipating future discussions. So:

Any attentive observer will know that the inclusion of clauses associated with individual and/or collective performance has been a common practice for many years, both at the national level and in the main European championships, without resulting in any evidence that compromises the integrity of competitions;

It is therefore ridiculous that the discussion intends to suggest that SC Braga and FC Porto opened a Pandora’s box, which is revealing of deep ignorance or blatant bad faith, not even being necessary to leave the year 2022 to find, in the Portuguese reality , a contract concluded between clubs classified in European places which provides, in the context of the transfer of a player, for prizes linked to the qualification of the purchasing club for the UEFA Champions League;

The way in which the discussion has been carried out is, once again, revealing of an unhealthy sports culture, totally absorbed around three clubs – does anyone suppose this debate, let’s imagine, in a business celebrated between small and medium-sized clubs? – and incapable of promoting a constructive debate, which analyzes the pros and cons of each topic and understands the implications that any decision may have on the competitiveness of Portuguese clubs and our professional football;

Seriously discussing any conflicts associated with sports performance clauses does not only affect prizes such as those provided for in the contract concluded within the scope of the transfer of David Carmo, but all operations which result in any future interest for the selling entity, in the event of it is a competitive competitor of the purchasing entity. Understanding the universe of contracts currently in place that would be impossible or limited in the future is critical for informed debates and decisions on this matter;

As such, knowing the scope of this discussion is essential to understand whether such measures constitute an obstacle to national clubs, and particularly to small and medium-sized clubs, which greatly benefit from solutions that allow composing and valuing market operations that are essential for its competitiveness and sustainability;

SC Braga is obviously available, as it has always been in the past, to participate in a broad debate and to vote in favor of any proposal that contributes to providing our football with regulations that value the integrity of competitions. In fact, our Club is proud to have led several processes that over the years have contributed to strengthening our football, some of which have even been replicated by large international organizations, such as the limitations on loans that are being imposed by FIFA worldwide;

At no time can SC Braga agree with insinuations about its practices and interests. Never, in almost 20 years in the presidency, have I allowed any contract concluded with third parties to interfere with coaches and players, as all those who passed through SC Braga and who found in this house an absolute and uncompromising commitment to the competition and to the maximum responsibility to, in each game, honor the name of this Club, taking the field to win, wherever and whenever, against whomever it is.

The President of SC Braga,

Antonio Salvador

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