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Date: 14 December 2018

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Queiroz shown the door!

[Posted 10 Sep 2010]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Carlos Queiroz was relieved of his duties as Portugal coach on Thursday

Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz was fired on Thursday by Portugal following the decision of the anti-doping authority of Portugal to extend his suspension period from one month to six months.

Queiroz had received a one-month ban in August from the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) after he was found guilty of having intereferred with the work of the anti-doping agency when the came to disturb his players in the early hours of the morning.

The former Bafana Bafana and Real Madrid coach's defence was that he only exchanged harsh words with the agency's officials but did not obstruct them in carrying out their official function. He argued that he was just angered by the timing of the anti-doping exercise.

The exercise was done in the early hours of the morning.

"Given recent events, the FPF directors decided unanimously to settle (end) Carlos Queiroz's contract with immediate effect," Portuguese Football Federation president Gilberto Madail told a well attended news conference yesterday.

"This decision has been communicated to Carlos Queiroz, who will receive the reasons for the decision first hand," Madail added.

Queiroz's legal team claims that what has happened was the inevitable, but that they will ensure that Queiroz's rights are protected.

"I already sensed it was the inevitable path... We are not satisfied with the fact that Queiroz's rights are not being respected," the fired Protuguese coach's lawyer Rui Patricio told journalists after the announcement.

"If the contract has been terminated without just cause, there has to be compensation. If there has been interference from the government then international organisations, and I mean Fifa of course, will be alerted," Patricio added.

Portugal has had to start two crucial Euro 2012 qualifiers without the suspended coach, and the result have not been flattering at all. They inexplicably drew 4-4 with European light-weights Cyprus at home last Friday, before suffering a 1-0 away loss to Norway on Tuesday.

Queiroz still had two years left on his contract and his legal team will be looking at getting at least compensation when they take the matter to court or appeal the FPF decision to FIFA. 

The former Manchester United Assistant coach had enlisted the help of his former Red Devils boss Alex Ferguson, former Portugal captain Luis Figo and other high profile football personalities as his character witnesses in a losing cause during the disciplinary hearing which led to his ban by the FPF.

Queiroz had returned to the helm of the Protuguese national team in 2008 following his unfruitful first stint with his country which concluded with failure to qualify for the 1994 World Cup finals.

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