Minho club justifies repetition of the “clothing” used in Hungary, against Puskás Akadémia.
Vitória de Guimarães revealed this Tuesday that they will play again with the away kit from last season on the trip to Croatia, against Hajduk Split, for the first leg of the 3rd qualifying round of the Conference League, similar to what happened in the second leg match of the 2nd qualifying round, in Hungary, against Puskás Akadémia (0-0).
“Next Thursday, Vitória will perform in the same way as they performed in Felcsút, against Puskás Akadémia FC: with the away kit from the previous season”, writes the Victorian emblem in a statement, explaining next.
“Despite all the efforts made by this Board of Vitória Sport Clube to ensure that all equipment for the 2022-23 season arrived in time for the team’s official games, this was not possible, only a solution was reached that allowed the arrival of a limited number of white main kits. For this to happen, Vitória Sport Clube had to spend a financial sum that, given the current reformulation, is counterproductive in relation to the steps that are being taken daily to adjust the balance between income and expenses”, it can be read.
However, Vitória guarantees that the ambition is the same: “Although the equipment is from last season, the ambition is the usual, and it is with it that we will dispute, eye to eye, the result in Split, in order to bring the decision of the tie for our house, our D. Afonso Henriques”.
Vitória de Guimarães also regrets the date and time for the second leg (Wednesday, August 10, 17:00), also explaining the changes to the fans.
Read the full statement:
“On the eve of the trip to another Victorian epic across Europe, you can already feel the anticipation of the match against HNK Hajduk Split, counting the 1st leg of the 3rd qualifying round of the UEFA Europa Conference League. of games against Puskás Akademia FC, where Vitória SC came out on top, it is time to take Inferno Branco to Croatia, after having felt the same in Hungary last Thursday.
The 100 or so Victorian fans who were there to support the team in Felcsút, at Pancho Aréna, were tireless from the first and last minute and proved, even in a minority, why the Victorians are the best fans in the world, whether away or in House. Conquistadors are stronger when they feel the support of their fans, and as happened in Felcsút, it will be no different in Split.
This Thursday, in Split, a team from Vitória will be determined, confident, with quality, against an opponent that will try to take advantage of the adverse environment that will be felt, and it will take a united Vitória, on all fronts, to be able to win this difficult tie. For this reason, it is essential to clarify some points that raised some controversy during this past week, especially because a united Vitória is an enlightened Vitória.
Next Thursday, Vitória will perform in the same way as they performed in Felcsút, against Puskás Akadémia FC: with the away kit from the previous season. Despite all the efforts made by this Board of Vitória Sport Clube so that all equipment for the 2022-23 season arrived in time for the team’s official games, this was not possible, only a solution was reached that allowed the arrival of a limited number of main equipment, colored white. For this to happen, Vitória Sport Clube had to spend a financial sum that, given the current reformulation, is counterproductive in relation to the steps that are being taken daily to adjust the balance between income and expenses.
The delay carried out in 2021 results in this problem coming to light in the year in which Vitória celebrates its Centenary, so it was up to this Directorate to solve a problem that was born upstream, but that flowed into these games that Vitória played. as a visitor. Despite the equipment being from last season, the ambition is the same, and it is with it that we will dispute, eye to eye, the result in Split, in order to bring the tie decision to our home, our D. Afonso Henriques.
Regarding the 2nd leg match, in Guimarães, we have the support of all the Victorians on August 10th, in our Stadium, despite the schedule that makes it extremely difficult for the maximum number of fans to attend. possible. A match at 5 pm on Wednesday is not, at all, the ideal time, given all the constraints they create in the lives of our supporters, with the match being scheduled for that time as a result of an express request from UEFA, in agreement with the police forces that, having another match in the Braga district, for the same competition, on Thursday, the 8th, preferred to change Vitória’s game to Wednesday.
Adding to the requirement that the match must be played on Wednesday, there is also the rule that no competition can overlap, at the time level, with the UEFA Champions League, which is why the reception of Hajduk Split is scheduled for said time. A situation that does not please anyone, but that has to be reluctantly accepted, despite the efforts and attempts to overturn the decision of the entities.
This change in the schedule of the home game against Hajduk Split directly affects the inaugural trip in the Liga Portugal bwin, to Chaves, which will be on Sunday, August 7, at 8:30 pm, at a stage of the season in which Vitória has four games scheduled in 11 days. A difficult phase, for everyone, but which, together, will be successfully overcome.
We believe that it is essential that the Victorians and Victorians are aware of the decisions that are taken, which is why we make these clarifications, so that the future can be of union between all those who wear the colors of Vitória Sport Clube, be they players, managers , fans, or the media, and everyone understands the role they play in the present and future of our Centennial Club.
The direction of Vitória Sport Clube”