Vitória demands removal of reference to the Marega case in 10th grade philosophy book

The “Ágora”, a 10th grade philosophy book, has as its case study the episode that happened in a V. Guimarães-FC Porto, in February 2020, in which Marega left the pitch for racist insults. The Victorians demand the removal of the reference to their adherents.

Vitória de Guimarães issued a statement this Sunday morning demanding the removal of the reference to Victorian adherents from a philosophy book – the “Ágora” – in which the Marega case is reported.

The book by Susana Teles de Sousa, Isabel Pinto Ribeiro and Rui Areal, which is aimed at 10th grade students, contains as a case study the ethical positioning carried out by the news anchor of a Portuguese generalist channel, report the events of February 16, 2020, in which Marega, then FC Porto forward, left the field of play at Estádio D. Afonso Henriques.

“Because they feel unfoundedly targeted, the Victorians, the Guimarães and Vitória demand 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, your Centenary”, reads the official note published on the club’s official website.

The Guimarães emblem recalls that it was acquitted of all charges relating to the case in question.

The game in question, between Victorians and FC Porto, took place on February 16, 2020. Around the 70th minute, shortly after having scored the winning goal in blue and white, Marega, who has already played for the Guimarães, asked to be replaced and ended up leaving the pitch, filled with racist chants that were being addressed to him by supporters of V. Guimarães, with sounds imitating monkeys.

Read the full statement:

Philosophy. The dictionary classifies philosophy as “rational inquiry into the world and man, with the aim of finding its ultimate explanation; aspiration to know things by their immutable principles and not by their transitory phenomena”.

The main national publisher is preparing to launch a book on Philosophy for 10th grade students, by Susana Teles de Sousa, Isabel Pinto Ribeiro and Rui Areal, entitled “Ágora”, which will reach numerous schools across the country, and whose content, to the astonishment of 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 past February 16, 2020, in which the player Marega left the ground of Estádio D. Afonso Henriques.

Public condemnation was swift (and televised to the sound of the wind…), the assumption of guilt was drawn, a widespread stigma was created. Whoever wanted to judge and shape public opinion so quickly was not so quick to restore the truth about the facts decided by the procedures of the Portuguese judicial system which, after being set in motion, resulted in an apology from three spectators who were in the D. Afonso Henriques’ benches in that game, as well as the acquittals, in all the processes in which 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 related to this case.

Returning to philosophy and its figurative meaning, the same dictionary also classifies it as the “set of principles that guide behavior or conduct”, and it is the philosophy of life of our adherents, our people, the people of Guimarães, that Vitória Sport Clube intends to highlight.

It is a philosophy in Guimarães to make newborn children members of Vitória. It is a philosophy in Guimarães to pass on the values ​​of Victorianism, and why the club chose the colors black and white. It is a philosophy in Guimarães to pass on the parochialism and fervor associated with being Victorian to future generations. It is philosophy in Guimarães to be part of the land club. It is a philosophy in Guimarães to have a fervent and passionate following, which makes Estádio D. Afonso Henriques one of the most iconic in Portuguese football, and which is, year after year, the club with the most fans present, after the three teams with the most media in Portugal. It is a philosophy in Guimarães to follow the team everywhere, and to support it with a unique fervor that envy any opposing fan base. It is philosophy in Guimarães to be Vitória.

For all reasons, and because they feel unfoundedly targeted, the Victorians, the Guimarães and Vitória Sport Clube demand the removal of the aforementioned case study from this book, which potentiates the creation of an unjustified stigma on thousands of fans and on a club that celebrates, in two months, its Centenary.

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