“The Directorate-General for Health (DGS) has been working on an opinion on the characteristics and the way to organize this presence. This opinion already exists, has to be worked out, and the Government will decide, based on the evaluation of the epidemic situation at the meeting on the 27th”, explained Mariana Vieira da Silva, after the meeting of the Council of Ministers.

Last Friday, after the Portuguese Professional Football League (LPFP) announced that the professional competitions for the 2021/22 season will start with the possibility of 33 percent of stadium capacity, an official government source told Lusa that the decision was not yet taken. “The technical work has already taken place, on the part of the DGS, there is organisational work and then there is a decision, which will always be after the Infarmed meeting”, stressed Mariana Vieira da Silva.

The 2021/22 professional football season starts with the first phase of the League Cup, on 23rd to 26th July, while the I League and II League championships are scheduled to start on the 8th August, a week after the Super Cup dispute. Cândido Oliveira, in Aveiro, between the champion Sporting and Sporting de Braga, winner of the Cup of Portugal, on the 31st of July.