Euro 2008 – Portugal slam Chelsea over Scolari
The Premier League runners-up announced that Scolari would replace Avram Grant between Portugal’s group stage win over the Czech Republic and their surprise defeat to Switzerland.
Portuguese FA president Gilberto Madail rejected suggestions, however, that Portugal’s Neuchatel hotel had become a market-place during the tournament, distracting the team from their title bid.
“The moment of the announcement of [Scolari’s] exit was not the happiest but it was exclusively down to the club that contracted him,” Madail said the day after Portugal’s 3-2 quarter-final defeat by Germany in Basel, which meant that they lost both their matches after the announcement.
“When we came to the European [Championship] I was already absolutely certain Luiz Felipe Scolari would leave. It’s a pity Chelsea did not take care to advise the FPF the timing of their announcement that they were contracting him.”
Madail, quoted on the FPF website rejected the suggestion that the national team or the FPF had held any kind of auction during the tournament.
“There wasn’t any businessman, or anyone connected to one, who stayed at the national team’s hotel during the European Championship,” he said.
“But we’re not going to pull the wool over anyone’s eyes. Nowadays contracts are discussed at a distance and everyone has access to a panoply of new technology that makes contacting [people] much easier.”