In the e-mails revealed this weekend by the Mercado de Benfica website, there is an interesting message between Nuno Gago, Sports Events Manages and Spokesman of the No Name Boys (Benfica’s Illegal fans group), and Paulo Gonçalves.
“Hello Mr. Paulo, Here is the information about the referee of the next game against PSV. I already sent to Rui Costa to know if he knows the referee and if he can talk with him”
Rui Costa, ex-footballer that played in Italy, is now Benfica’s Sports Director. So, Rui Costa was using his fame to talk to referees. Why was he talking with referees before Europa League Benfica’s games? Was he trying to take some advantage?