Former MasterCard head Alex W. "Pete" Hart, a celebrity of sorts in the clubby credit card industry, gave testimony yesterday that seemed to bolster the Justice Department's contention that MasterCard and Visa are not true competitors.

Mr. Hart confirmed that he once compared his job at MasterCard International to "being a coach of a football team that didn't care whether it won or not." He was chief executive officer from 1988 to 1994.

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