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Corruption Scandal in Portugal

By Joseph S. Blatter
September 3 2005

171 people related to football have been accused of being involved in corrupt moves affecting the Portuguese League, in what is now called the ‘golden whistle’ affair. Many VIPs of the Portuguese football environment will now face trials and investigations. This investigation process, started on April 20th 2004, has now become a real scandal after it was known that 171 people were involved in the accusations. This happens less than a month after the Italian FA and ordinary justice condemned Genoa to descend to Serie C because of being proven guilty of illegal maneuvers to win promotion.

In that first day of the process, the League President, Valentim Loureiro, was imprisoned. The list of the 171 people is formed by 27 clubs directives, 110 referees, 28 FA (FPF) directives, 2 mayors and 4 businessmen. The accused referees will keep on working until they are proven guilty.

Some VIP names involved are Sporting Lisboa former President Sousa Cintra, FPF Referees Council President Carlos Esteves, Oporto President Pinto da Costa and Boavista President João Loureiro.

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