Porto, who claimed the emails highlighted a corrupt scheme that benefited Benfica, were also ordered to return any documents it still possesses that related to the case. FC Porto have said it will appeal the judge’s ruling, saying the club only released information the court itself considered to be true.

Benfica released a statement celebrating the decision, which it said protected the privacy of citizens and institutions.

Benfica were seeking nearly €18m in damages after a Porto media officer systematically released information from the emails two years ago.