The party without the delivery of the cup motivated a reaction from the reds, who, in a statement, showed “surprise and rejection” by the situation and stressed that they only accept to receive the trophy at the Casa do Benfica on the island of Terceira.
Something that also motivated the surprise of Vicente Araújo, president of the Portuguese volleyball federation. «I am surprised, because I informed the head of Benfica, on Thursday, that, due to the pandemic, we were not going to send more people to the Azores to deliver the cup. There was no intention of minimizing anything, ”he told A BOLA.
Also in a clarification published on the Federation website, the organization says that “considering the limitations imposed by air travel in a pandemic context, coupled with the uncertainty of the result that the two games to play this weekend entailed, the Portuguese Volleyball Federation previously contacted the responsible for the Benfica Volleyball, to whom he informed, last Thursday, that given the referred context and if a winner were to be found, the cup delivery would be made at a time and place to be agreed with the champion club. Such planning, did not merit any objection or repair, before understanding, thus having been defined and organized. In this sense, the Federation will act in accordance with what was planned, taking the opportunity to reiterate the congratulations to the new National Champion ».
The players ended up celebrating by building a trophy with bottles of water.
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