'Disgrace' in Portuguese league as team starts with nine men

Belenenses' SAD

Belenenses' SAD players arrive at the pitch before their Portuguese league match against SL Benfica at the Jamor stadium in Oeiras, outskirts of Lisbon on November 27, 2021.

Photo credit: Patricia De Melo Moreira | AFP

What you need to know:

  • After informing the league "that we didn't wish to play the match, we were told we had eight players able to play" and "not turning up could be considered an unjustified absence", said the Belenenses president.
  • Benfica president Rui Costa described it as a "black page for Portuguese football" but insisted "Benfica simply complied with the regulations" and were "not responsible" for the match being played.



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