On June 17, 2017, the newspaper “Expresso” revealed a few more mails from the octopus [Benfica].
This e-mail exchange happened just after the Porto-Benfica derby on May 10, 2017.
The referee of the match was Rui Costa and, according to Nuno Cabral, who sent an email to Paulo Gonçalves that same night, he had made 11 errors against Benfica in this match.
As Expresso states, the work of a delegate is not even about analyzing the work of the referee but for example, check the conditions of the turf and conditions of safety. And even if this was the responsibility of the delegate, Nuno Cabral was not the delegate of the game in question. This only shows that Nuno Cabral was working for Benfica, to be the dear boy that he wanted to be.
The information was sent to Luis Filipe Vieira and he told Paulo Gonçalves: “Paulo, we should report on this “artist” because he made fun of Benfica. We have to drop his rating”
A few months later, Pedro Guerra received an email from Nuno Cabral, who told him that Rui Costa’s rating from this match dropped from 3.5 to 2.0 thanks to the diligence: “Initially, the observer assigns 3.5. With our complaint, it dropped to 2.0 “. That was the highest drop of all time…
On the Expresso article, a former referee confirms that, on many occasions, the referees were puppets. They would drop and raise their notes without their knowledge…
It should be noted that ratings are very important to a referee’s career. Since the professionalization of the referees in 2013 the salary of these, in the first category, is around 40’000 euros or 50’000 euros per year. With negative grades, the referees will be moved to the second category with much lower wages.
Now, seeing the e-mails exchanged, and the fact that Luís Filipe Vieira says they have to drop the rating of Ricardo Costa, means that they have the power and the means to do so. How do they have this power?
With this power, it becomes easy to have a referee in your hand. If a man dressed in yellow harms Benfica he will have bad grades, he will have a bad rating and will lose a well-paid salary.