I Liga football back subject to approval at end of May

in News · 01-05-2020 11:22:00 · 0 Comments

The resumption of the First Football League in Portugal, from May 30th and 31st, is subject to the approval by the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) of a health plan, the Prime Minister announced.

António Costa explained that the restart of the I League, in which 10 matches are to be played, as well as the final of the Portuguese Cup, will be done "without a public presence inside the stadiums" and is still subject to the approval of a plan.

This document that lists the necessary "health protocols" was presented to the Government by the Portuguese Professional Football League (LPFP), Costa said, and will have to be approved "by the DGS".

"[The return] is still conditioned to the assessment that stadiums fulfil all the indispensable conditions for this activity to be resumed", reinforced the prime minister.

Costa stated that the resumption of professional football is limited to the main echelon.

"Only for the I Liga were there conditions, and very limited, of being able to allow the reopening of sports activity, and in very limited conditions, based on a protocol that the LPFP prepared and that DGS is evaluating, in view of the specificity of the activity ", he stressed.

On Tuesday, the Government met with the LPFP, the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) and the presidents of Benfica, FC Porto and Sporting, with a view to defining a strategy for the resumption of activity.

The plan, announced in the context of the measures approved in the Council of Ministers, also includes the practice of individual sports in the open air, even if not in competition and without the use of spas or pools, as of Monday.

I Liga, led by FC Porto with a point advantage over champions Benfica, was suspended on March 12, after 24 matches, will return from May 30 and May 31, as will the final of the Portuguese Cup, between the ' dragons' and 'eagles'.


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