“Women are more honest, men do three or four somersaults”

João Pinheiro also felt that women will play an increasingly active role in refereeing

João Pinheiro considered the absence of Portuguese referees at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar negative and regretted the “war atmosphere” that he says exists in football in Portugal.

“It’s not a good thing not to have Portuguese referees at the World Cup, we must not hide it. We would like to be there and we are working on it, but it is not easy. FIFA reserves 10 seats, 11 this year for [árbitra francesa] Stéphanie Frappart, for European countries and Portugal competes with the best. Artur Soares Dias, who could go there, was competing for one of those 10 places and referees from other countries are also good,” he said, in an interview with Rádio Universitária do Minho (RUM ), in the program “Rum(o) sportif”.

The best Portuguese referee of the last two seasons, who says he has the ambition to referee Champions League matches, a Portuguese Cup final and to be in the European and world championships, however refuses to “s’ excuse”.

“We have to look at each other and understand what we can do better and not apologize. It was two Englishmen, which never happened, two referees from the same country (…) probably this vacancy would be for Artur [Soares Dias]. We must respect and realize that we are not alone, the national team was also almost incapable of going to the World Cup, it had to go to the play-offs, it is questions of detail that can decide to go there. go or not”, he said.

The Barcelos referee considers that the atmosphere of suspicion and guerrilla warfare in Portuguese football “does not help to create an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity”.

“Working under constant criticism is not healthy for anyone, for players, coaches, referees and managers. We must avoid this climate of war that exists in Portuguese football because it is not beneficial for anyone,” said he pointed out to the Braga-based radio.

João Pinheiro also felt that women will play an increasingly active role in refereeing: “They have fantastic conditions, I know some, the most famous is the Frenchwoman Stéphanie Frappart, who has incredible physical condition, works a lot, trains more than me, she trains twice a day, to see the quality of her work, and the future will be hers”.

For João Pinheiro, “the great difficulty they have is to compete with men in terms of our times in physical tests, but with work and dedication [podem conseguir]”.

Studying his master’s degree in sports law at the University of Minho, João Pinheiro also praised the players, considering them “more honest” than the men.

“I played a few games and they have an extraordinary thing: they are much more honest, it is only if they suffer a punitive entry or one that puts their physical integrity in danger that they stay on the ground, whereas the men do three or four somersaults. They are very natural and make the game easier to whistle and more correct,” he concluded.

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