Football league expecting “good news”

in Sport · 11-09-2020 01:00:00 · 0 Comments
Football league expecting “good news”

The President of the Portuguese Professional Football League (LPFP) has said that he is expecting “good news shortly” about the return of the public to stadiums.

“At this moment, we have everything ready for competitions to start, the contingency plans regarding accessibility have already been delivered to the competent entities and everything has been done so that we can begin again”, said Pedro Proença.

“The only thing we ask is that football is not treated in a discriminatory way and we are fully convinced that we will have very good news in a short period of time,” said Pedro Proença.

Asked if the contingency plans include a minimum number of spectators in the stadiums, at first, he said that “the League has a clear idea that the process has to be gradual, but something that is less than 30 percent for a initial phase will be contrary to the expectations of the clubs”.

Proença said he felt “some difficulty in understanding” that other activities have already started to resume and football has not.

He added that “at no time has football benefited from any type of economic or financial aid” and is also being affected in its economic and financial health.

“We cannot run the risk of not dying from the disease and instead dying from the cure”, he said, adding that football also creates wealth for the country: “It generates much more than 2,000 jobs, and more than €890 million in revenue and therefore, it is an industry that has to be treated like any other”.


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