Standard Liège reframed Orlando Sa on Monday after the striker, who returned to Portugal without notifying the club, criticized the management of the coronavirus crisis in Belgium in an interview with the Portuguese sports daily A Bola.
VOrlando Sa said, among other things, that the “situation in Belgium was very bad” and that “the problem had not been taken seriously.” The Portuguese, 31, also criticized the health care system in Belgium, saying “it lacked resources” and that “Belgian facilities were not up to par” with those in Portugal.
Standard reacted by stressing that it did not endorse such remarks and that the interview was carried out without its agreement. “It is clear that Orlando Sa expresses himself personally BUT as a player of our club, he must inform any interview with Standard de Liège for opinion and agreement as it is contractually stipulated”, can we read in the press release mosan.
The Rouches consider it as inappropriate for a football player to criticize the management of the crisis. “It is not for the world of football and its players to speak out publicly on the overall management of this health crisis by the state and the hospitals. It is imperative that everyone stays in their place, “insisted Standard, adding that Orlando Sa returned to Portugal without notifying the club. “All of this will of course be subject to rigorous internal monitoring,” said the club.
Orlando Sa hasn’t played a single game this season.