"Golden Whistle" case makes progress in Portugal

UPDATED: 09:41, December 13, 2006

A Portuguese court began on Tuesday a preliminary investigation on the "Golden Whistle" case on corruption and insider dealings in which high executives of football teams in the country are involved.

The accused are president of Porto football team Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa and some referees, the local Gondomar court prosecution said.

Among witnesses are former Gondomar council, Leonel Neves Viana, and former Gondomar mayor Valentin Loureiro.

Loureiro had requested president of Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) Gilberto Madail and president of Justice Council of the FPF Antonio Mortagua to appear before court.

The General Prosecution of the Republic said it is analyzing a book written by Carolina Salgado, Pinto da Costa's former girlfriend.

Salgado said she worked in a night club where she met Pinto da Costa.

Salgado said she was aware of corruption and tax evasion activities within Portugal's sports world.

Source: Xinhua


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