Ricardo Costa holds a degree in Law and a Master’s degree in Legal-Business Sciences from the Faculty of Law of the University of Coimbra.
He presided over the Disciplinary Council of the Portuguese Professional Football League from 2006 to 2010.
And he read the sentences about the case “Apito Final”. Process in which F.C. Porto and Pinto da Costa were cleared in 2017
The Tunnel case
The most controversial case during the presidency of Ricardo Costa in the league’s disciplinary committee was the case of the Tunnel of Luz stadium with the punishments of Hulk and Sapunaru.
This case refers to the end of the game of the 14th matchday of the 2009/2010 season, between Benfica and Porto. There were incidents between players and stewards strategically placed in the tunnel of access to the locker rooms. These players were Hulk and Sapunaru. The priest João Ferreira made a complaint to the chief referee that was Lucílio Baptista, to the Disciplinary Commission of the league that was presided over by Ricardo Costa. The players were thus suspended preemptively before the final decision. This decision was delayed and Porto, according to the radio Rádio Renascença, wanted to accelerate the process. But the league’s disciplinary council felt that it was not a matter of priority.
The time of truth…or lies?
Finally, the punishment came out and it was four months out of the fields for Hulk who was, at the time, one of the best players of the championship, and Sapunaru had a punishment of 6 months.
F.C. Porto appealed to the Council of Justice (CJ) which gave reason to F.C. Porto, applying a punishment of only three games for Hulk and four games for Sapunaru. In other words, Hulk, a significant player of the F.C. Porto, didn’t play for more than 15 games by the injustice of the league’s disciplinary council. After the return of Hulk, Porto won all matches until the end of the season. If there was no such injustice would Benfica have been champion?
F.C.Porto made a statement following the decision of the court:
«1 – The CJ of the FPF [Portuguese Football Federation] decided to convict the four and six-month penalties imposed on Hulk and Sapunaru by the Disciplinary Commission of the Portuguese Professional Football League [CD of the LFPF], as a result of the events in the tunnel of Luz Stadium, after Benfica-FC Porto de 20 December 2009;
2 – After analyzing the appeal presented by the athletes of FC Porto, the CJ decided to punish Hulk with the suspension of three games and a fine of 2,500 Euros and Sapunaru with the suspension of four games and a fine of 4,500;
3 – Unlike the CD of the LPFP, the CJ of the FPF concluded that the conduct of Hulk and Sapunaru “integrates, for violation of the provisions of art. Article 4 (4) of the RC, a serious disciplinary offense punishable by art. 120º, j) of the RC of the LPFP with suspension of 1 to 4 games and a fine of 750 to 3750 Euros’;
4 – It is thus dismantled another shameless ability perpetrated by the CD of the LPFP and displayed in the public square. It remains to be seen whether the “act of contrition” now imposed will have the same mediatic exhibitionism;
5 – Since the suspension imposed by the League CD to Hulk and Sapunaru have passed 17 games of the national competitions and more than three months. What would have been the performance of FC Porto in these games if the two athletes were, as they should have been, available and what are the consequences of this aberration in the 2009/10 League standings? Was sports truth defended ?;
6 – Once again the persecution of the CD of the LPFP to FC Porto and the persecution blindness of Ricardo Costa, ratified in the style of Pontius Pilatos, by the president of the LPFP, Hermínio Loureiro. It should be recalled that, recently, Hermínio Loureiro himself stated that his role was limited to creating conditions for the LPFP organs to function. Even if it is without rigor, of gross way, and with arbitrariness …;
7 – This, moreover, will be the most striking fact of the mandate of the current governing bodies of the LPFP. Football will not forget the lousy service they have given it in this matter and, therefore, there is only one way out: Obviously, quit!
8 – FC Porto – Futebol, SAD has already instructed its lawyers to take the competent actions of accountability and compensation, both of the members of the CD of the LPFP and of the institution itself.
Ricardo Costa has demonstrated his persecution to the F.C.Porto over the years, but there is, undoubtedly, somebody behind. And that will be the Octopus.
The pans pile up.
On October 13, 2015, Ricardo Costa was elected Vice-President of the Arbitral Tribunal of Sport (TAS).
With the power they have in this body, already managed to favor Benfica in the case of Keaton Parks. To know more about this case read this article in the blog Mister do Café.
Ricardo Costa is part of the people present in the e-mails of the revelations made in the TV Show Universo Porto da Bancada, making opinions in favor of Benfica and using the email “firstname.lastname@example.org” to speak with Benfica …
But Ricardo Costa does not stop there. He is a lawyer at Agência Abreu, who is, no more and no less, one of the agencies that are defending Benfica in the e-mails case.