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Portugal coach hits back at Porto criticism of Gabon trip

Portugal coach Paulo Bento said clubs should stay out of the national team’s business after Porto’s president criticised the decision to play an international friendly in Gabon this week a few days before a Champions League round. “I don’t meddle in the work of club presidents so I do not accept interferences in my role, be it from Porto’s president or any other,” Bento said in televised remarks on Friday.
Jorge Pinto da Costa, Porto’s long-time president, launched a scathing attack on the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) on Thursday after Portugal had drawn 2-2 with Gabon in a friendly in Libreville. “They took the players to wherever they wanted without paying a thing, to a pitch with no conditions at all, and a very humid climate. It’s deplorable,” the 74-year-old Pinto da Costa said. “Playing in Gabon at a time when clubs are involved in the Champions League was absurd. I regret Portugal’s sports secretary of state did not intervene. It is scandalous.”



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