President of Porto accuses Chelsea

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Chelsea's preparations for last night's Champions' League encounter in Portugal were overshadowed not only by threats made by disgruntled Porto fans to their former manager, Jose Mourinho, but also by accusations of match-fixing from the Porto president, Nuno Pinta da Costa.

Chelsea's preparations for last night's Champions' League encounter in Portugal were overshadowed not only by threats made by disgruntled Porto fans to their former manager, Jose Mourinho, but also by accusations of match-fixing from the Porto president, Nuno Pinta da Costa.

In his autobiography, published this week, he claims that Chelsea deliberately lost last season's Champions' League semi-final tie against Monaco because the day before, they had agreed to take Mourinho to Stamford Bridge.

He writes: "On the 19th of April, Peter Kenyon and Roman Abramovich met with Mourinho and Jorge Mendes [Mourinho's agent] ... and ... sealed the destiny of the coach. I decided to confront Mendes about it and he confirmed it to me.

"I was shocked and perplexed that it took place on the eve of their semi-final and two days before our semi-final with Deportivo.

"Abramovich had come to Porto to contact the very probable opponent in the Champions' League final. Then Chelsea took it upon themselves to lose 3-1 in Monaco to avoid a possible investigation into the owner of one of the finalists having agreed terms with the coach of the other."

In his own recently-published autobiography, Mourinho says he met Abramovich on 28 May, two days after the Champions' League final.

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