When Breno Lopes climbed on the back of Pará and headed in, President Maurício Galiotte went crazy. The goal that gave the Copa Libertadores 2020 to Palmeiras, in Maracanã, also yielded a tumble like that for the leader alviverde during the celebration. On the eve of yet another decision, he recalls his cinematic fall.
“At that moment, it was my fan’s desire to run and celebrate. I wanted to hug the players, Breno Lopes, I wanted to celebrate, it didn’t even occur to me that I was president and was in the presidential box at Conmebol”, says Galiotte in an interview with One Football (watch the video below).
“The other day I even apologized, but at the time the [cargo de] president stood aside. So I thought ‘now, did anyone film this thing?’, only later did I find out that Conmebol had the image. I thought ‘putz?'” says the president of Palmeiras. The video naturally went viral on social networks.
Galiotte followed the game in an area reserved for guests, a sort of VIP sector at Maracanã, alongside the president of Conmebol, Alejandro Dominguez. At the time of the goal that sealed the victory by 1-0 and the title, he tried to jump over the armchair he was sitting in, but he tripped and fell sideways on the floor.
“I didn’t have time to think. I tried to jump, then you saw what happened: I took a huge amount of a coat, a tumble, got up and then slipped. Damn, Libertadores isn’t soft, no”, jokes the leader alviverde.
The event motivated Conmebol to change its protocol for the decision between Palmeiras and Flamengo, this Saturday (27). Unlike the last final, this time the club presidents will be able to watch the decision in their own box, more at ease.