Sporting made a loss of 7.8 million euros
in the first half of the season, partly justified by the club as being due to the failure of the team to qualify for the Champions League group phase; they were knocked out by Fiorentina in the last qualifying round.
Former FC Porto midfielder Costinha has been named as Sporting's Director of Football, replacing Ricardo Sá Pinto, sacked after he was involved in a fight with Liedson in the changing
room. Costinha has recently hung up his chuteiras after a spell with Atalanta in Italy.
FC Porto players Hulk and Sapunaru were handed suspensions of four and six months, respectively, on Thursday for their part in scuffles in the tunnel following the Benfica v FC Porto
league game in December. Sapunaru has since been loaned to Rapid Bucharest. Hulk will miss all but the last three league games, one of which is at home to Benfica. He is still able to play in Porto's Champions League games, and was first choice in last week's game against Arsenal.
Nacional's winter signing, the Serbian midfielder Todorovic, broke his leg in training on Wedensday and will be out of action for at least two months.
Atlético Valdevez of the Second Division North (third tier) have been disqualified from the competition after failing to turn up at two consecutive games.
Influential Sporting Braga captain Vandinho has been suspended for three months following incidents after the home game against Benfica
on 31 October last year. And arguably the team's best player at the moment, the Brazilian midfielder Mossoró, has been suspended for three games for the same reason.
Benfica's Spanish midfielder Javi Garcia has been suspended for two games on the basis of the TV images of a foul on Guimarães' central defender Valdomiro on Saturday. The incident was
not seen by the referee; if he had seen it, it would have meant a red card for Garcia and a penalty for Vitória.