Ferreira Nunes was responsible for the classification of the referees and vice-president of the Portuguese Football Federation Arbitration Council during the term of Vítor Pereira, which began in 2011 and ended in 2016.
Before taking place on the Arbitration Council, he was the president of Adémia, a club in Coimbra and vice-president of the Arbitration Council of Coimbra Football Association, under the leadership of Apolino Pereira. He also has a past as a referee but in handball. Since January 2017, Ferreira Nunes has been an administrator of the Águas de Coimbra company, a very contested decision by the local PSD [Social Democratic Party], given the apparent lack of qualifications for the position.
The gifts offered by Benfica
Ferreira Nunes was still a candidate in the last elections to the Football Association of Coimbra but lost even having managed, with the help of Benfica, to prevent the previous president from winning the polls again.
Ferreira Nunes and Vitor Pereira were responsible for the relegation of the referee Marco Ferreira who, in the year before of his relegation, was the second best referee in the Portuguese league. The (not so) strange case of Marco Ferreira can be read in a fascinating post from the blog Mister do Café.
Interestingly, Ferreira Nunes, who was the Vice-President of the Arbitration Council, appeared in June 2016 in the front row of Luz Pavilion presidential tribune, in the futsal game between Benfica and Sporting.
As reported by the “Dragões Diário” [F.C. Porto newsletter] in June 2016: “Friends are for occasions and never treat poorly who treats you so well.”