Vitória de Guimarães rebels against the use of “Caso Marega” in a philosophy manual. Porto Editora apologizes and will change the text – Current Affairs

At the center of the controversy is a reference to the “Marega Case” in the 10th grade Philosophy manual “Ágora”, edited by Porto Editora and authored by Susana Teles de Sousa, Isabel Pinto Ribeiro and Rui Areal.

On the pretext of a reflection on the theme of moral subjectivity, the manual refers to the case referring to February 2020 when, during a game between Vitória de Guimarães and FC Porto, Victorian supporters directed racist chants against footballer Moussa Marega.

Marega, who represented Vitória de Guimarães in the 2016/17 season and FC Porto in 2015/16 and between 2017/18 and 2020/21, now playing for Al Hilal, from Saudi Arabia, asked to be substituted and left the pitch at minute 70 of that game, following the racist insults coming from sectors of the stands affected to the club from Guimarães. The case was even subject to an investigation by the Public Ministry, resulting in the conviction of three Victorian supporters and the acquittal of Vitória de Guimarães.

The use of this case for pedagogical use was condemned by Vitória de Guimarães, who publicly criticized its inclusion in the manual through an official communiqué entitled “In favor of future generations”. Considering itself to be “unfounded”, the club demanded “the withdrawal of the aforementioned case study from this book, which potentiates the creation of an unjustified stigma on thousands of supporters and on a club that celebrates, within two months, its Centenary”.

The note states that the philosophy manual in question, “to the astonishment of the Victorians and Guimarães, contains as a case study the ethical position carried out by the news anchor of a Portuguese generalist channel, when ‘reporting’ the events of the 16th February 2020, in which the player Marega left the ground of Estádio D. Afonso Henriques”.

In addition, the club accuses the media of being quick to report the case, but not to “restore the truth about the facts decided by the procedures of the Portuguese judicial system” that determined the acquittal of the club.

“Public condemnation was quick (and televised to the sound of the wind…), the assumption of guilt was drawn, a widespread stigma was created. facts decided by the procedures of the Portuguese judicial system which, after being set in motion, resulted in the apology of three spectators who were in the stands of D. Afonso Henriques in that game, as well as acquittals, in all cases in which the Vitória Sport Clube was a defendant. We repeat, so that the winds can take this irreducible truth: Vitória Sport Clube was acquitted of all charges relating to this case”, stresses the club in the same note.

In addition to Vitória de Guimarães, the Vitória Semper Association also condemned the use of this case in educational manuals in a statement published on Saturday.

Porto Editora apologizes and promises to change text

In response, through a clarification published on its website, Porto Editora admitted to “correct the text” in future editions of the manual.

According to the editorial house, the aim of the authors of “Ágora” was to approach “the theme of moral subjectivity through the so-called ‘Marega case’, in order to lead students to critical reflection and to take a position based on news and of current and media cases.

According to Porto Editora, “students are guided to interpret the theme through a subjectivist perspective and, in opposition, according to a critical view of subjectivism”. “The statement from the Vitória Semper Association omits the first, in which the authors state: “If you were a subjectivist, you would have to evaluate this case, which was so mediatic, as a moment in which Vitória Sport Clube supporters decide to express their feelings of disapproval towards a player. As such, the attitudes that resulted from this feeling of disapproval cannot be considered objectively wrong and you will have to respect them.»”

The publisher then argues that “it is wrong to say that this manual enhances the «creation of an unjustified stigma on thousands of supporters»”, but admits that the authors proceeded with a generalization when referring to “the supporters of Vitória Sport Clube as the authors of racist insults, as was publicly stated in various media in the days following the event of February 17, 2020”.

“Now, the Justice acquitted the Club of such accusations and three spectators who were in the stadium were fined. In this sense, we apologize to Vitória Sport Clube and the Victorian fans and we will proceed to correct the text, in the school books that have not yet been printed. , replacing the reference to Vitória SC supporters by ‘spectators in the stadium'”, promises Porto Editora.

During the investigations, the Public Prosecutor’s Office appointed three defendants, Hélder Manuel Pereira Gonçalves, Joaquim Pedro Sousa Ribeiro and Bruno Cristiano Pereira Teixeira, who began to be heard by a criminal investigation judge on 25 September 2020.

In 2021, the MP determined the provisional suspension of this process for a year, with the defendants accepting the payment of 1,000 euros to the State, each, within a period of three months, the presentation of an apology to Marega, published in the edition of March 29, 2022 of the weekly Desportivo de Guimarães, and the ban on access to any sports venue for one year.

Vitória de Guimarães received a three-game ban at D. Afonso Henriques Stadium by the Disciplinary Council of the Portuguese Football Federation, but the club appealed the decision and the Central Administrative Court (TCA) do Sul opted for acquittal.

Despite mentioning that it “is demonstrated” that the then FC Porto player was “effectively the target of chants uttered repeatedly and in unison”, with a racist content, the legal body understood that “the evidence produced cannot lead to the conclusion that the Vitória de Guimarães consented to or tolerated the racist chants in question”, reads in the judgment that the Lusa agency had access to.