Training at third division club Farense was halted for the second day in a row Wednesday after a shot
was fired at the ground, presumably from a nearby building. The police collected the bullet and are investigating the incident.
Paços de Ferreira return straight away to the SuperLiga after clinching promotion from the Liga de Honra at the weekend. Almost certain to join them are Estrela da Amadora and
Naval, both ten points clear of the team in fourth, Marco, with only five games left.
Chelsea coach José Mourinho has cancelled his contract with TV channel SIC
for an interview programme. Mourinho claimed, among other things, that he was misquoted by the international press following the first of what was meant to be a series of monthly interviews.
National weekly Expresso reported Saturday that an FC Porto director, Reinaldo Telles, allegedly treated the match officials, including referee Jacinto Paixão, to a night with
prostitutes prior to a game last season. FC Porto beat Estrela da Amadora 2-0 with two dubious goals in the 19th jornada. The lead for the story came from a written despatch, by the judge in charge of
the so-called Apito Dourado ('Golden Whistle'), based on a phone tap on FC Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa.
National daily Correio da Manhã reported Sunday that should these facts be proven, FC Porto will be subject to automatic relegation to the Liga de Honra
(second division), according to Article 51 of the Liga's disciplinary regulations.
FC Porto have been in contact with Dutch coach Co Adriaanse, 57, currently with AZ Alkmaar, about the possibility of him taking over from José Couceiro
next season. Couceiro, who has not overly impressed in his short spell with the club, has been told he will have a place somewhere in the Porto organigram.
Beira-Mar wasted no time in appointing a new coach after Luís Campos
resigned following Sunday's home defeat to Penafiel. Former coach of FC Porto, Sporting, Vitória de Guimarães and most recently Al Ahly of Qatar, Augusto Ignácio, signed Monday until the end of the season.
His job will be to lift Beira-Mar off the bottom of the SuperLiga to safety in the seven games remaining.
Veteran midfielder Rui Costa has extended his contract with AC Milan until the summer of 2007. He has been with the club since the 2001/02 season.
Beira-Mar and Moreirense, respectively bottom and second from bottom of the SuperLiga, both lost their coaches Sunday, both through resignations after desperate home defeats. Luís Campos
left his second club of the season (he was sacked from Gil Vicente) as his Beira-Mar
went down 1-3 at home to Penafiel. Beir-Mar are now into their fourth coach of the season after Mick Wadsworth, Manuel Cajuda and now Luís Campos. Vítor Oliveira
was on the receiving end of white handkerchiefs as his Moreirense went down 0-1 to Belenenses. He saw his position as untenable and in went his resignation.
José Mourinho is ready to quit Chelsea, according to sports daily A Bola. He is apparently not happy with the fact that the club did not appeal against his recent two-match ban. This was handed
down by UEFA following an incident at the Barcelona v Chelsea
Champions League game in February, where Mouurinho claimed that Barça coach Frank Rijkaard had been seen in the referee's room at half time. The referee of that game, the Swede Anders Frisk, subsequently
gave up refereeing after receiving death threats, allegedly from Chelsea fans. Mourinho will not be able to be on the bench for Chelsea's two upcoming CL quarter-final games against Bayern Munich.
Chelsea have refused to comment on the news, claiming that it is a bad April Fool's joke.