For Bruno de Carvalho, president of 18-time champion Sporting Clube de Portugal, successes in Portuguese soccer are undermined by a dark underbelly of bribery and corruption that can only be tackled by outside intervention and regulation.
“For four years I’m here saying the government needs to put a hand on this,” de Carvalho said in an interview at Sporting’s Jose Alvalade stadium in Lisbon. “The government needs to say: ‘enough’.”
This month, Benfica, Portugal’s biggest club and Sporting’s arch rival, was accused of inappropriate contact with referees following a leak of emails to local media.
Benfica denies any allegations of acting improperly.
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