CITY DIARY: Lloyds boss backs Jose Maria Ricciardi’s candidacy to president of Sporting club


Lloyds boss Antonio Horta-Osorio announces he’s backing fellow Portuguese banking bigwig Jose Maria Ricciardi’s candidacy to be the next president of Sporting Lisbon football club. Rakish Antonio, 54, is a lifelong Sporting fan. 

His maternal grandfather, Carlos Gois Mota, served as the club’s president during a particularly successful period in the 1950s. 

Folklore has it that during a match with local rivals Atletico CP in 1956, he entered the referee’s hut at half time armed with a pistol and advised the official to ‘take better care’ in the second half.

Backing: Lloyds boss Antonio Horta-Osorio

Backing: Lloyds boss Antonio Horta-Osorio

Backing: Lloyds boss Antonio Horta-Osorio

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