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Ferreira backs Porto Euro appeal.

PORTUGAL defender Paulo Ferreira believes his former club Porto have the necessary people to fight against their exclusion from the 2008/09 Champions League.

The Portuguese champions were today excluded from Europe's premier club competition next season following a bribery scandal which overshadowed their recent Super- Liga conquest.

They were also hit with a six-point deduction for the scandal in which they were found guilty of trying to bribe referees during the 2003/04 campaign.

The club announced they would appeal against the exclusion and Chelsea star Ferreira hopes they are successful.

"I have a lot of affection for Porto," he said. "FC Porto have the people to sort these problems out."

Ferreira, who played for Porto in the 2003/04 season under Jose Mourinho, added that the Porto players and other members of the Portugal squad would not let the news affect their preparations for Euro 2008.

Porto have until the end of the week to lodge their appeal, after which Benfica would replace them.

AC Milan were initially banned from the 2006/07 Champions League following the Italian match-fixing scandal but appealed successfully and went on to take part in, and win, the Euro title.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 5, 2008
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