Benfica’s facilities were searched on October 19, 2017, on suspicion of corruption. The magazine “Sábado” revealed more details about those searches in this week’s edition, showing that they were conducted to collect two significant types of documentation: electronic and paper information (notepad, notebooks, and journals).
The hypothetical indirect payments made by Benfica to referees and league delegates
According to the magazine “Sábado”, “the possibility of indirect payments by the club / SAD, through the provision of legal services, to (former) referees and other elements responsible for the arbitration is being investigated.
Francisco J. Marques revealed one of these legal services on August 8.
The invitations offered by Benfica to league delegates and “cartilheiros”.
The magazine “Sábado” shows the exchange of correspondence between João Pedro Dias, who was a former league delegate and he was suspended for 18 months for report falsification when he did not report an episode between Nuno Gomes and referee Pedro Henriques in the tunnel of Benfica’s stadium. The newspaper Expresso had already published this.
Sábado’s magazine also reported the invitations that Benfica gave to the members of the discipline council, a practice that is allowed by FPF up to 2 invitations per game, but in the case of Benfica, those values were always higher. João Gobern, one of the “cartilheiros”, was also receiving invitations from Benfica, and Luís Filipe Vieira said in an e-mail exchange that “he deserves to be close to me”.
Sábado’s also reveals, what was already known, the weekly “cartilha” that Carlos Janela distributed to the Benfica’s commentators on social communication [cartilheiros]. Carlos Janela also told the commentators to keep the mobile phones on but in silence because they could receive information during the TV Shows.
Sábado’s magazine confirmed all the suspicions and integrity of the emails again.