League will limit stadium access to 185 people on match days

in News · 16-05-2020 20:13:00 · 0 Comments

The plan to gradually resume the competition of the Portuguese Football League provides for a maximum of 185 people in the stadiums during the games and a space for monitoring body temperature for access to the technical zone.

According to the latest update of the action plan for the progressive resumption of the League competition, which the Lusa agency had access to, the pitch and areas with access to the playing field will be able to access up to 125 people, although not all of them can cross.

A maximum of 85 people can be in the technical zone, with elements such as players, technical staff, arbitration team, League delegates, public or private security, anti-doping doctor or even the video referee technician.

Before, at the break and after the match, up to a limit of 15 people, they will have access to the pitch technicians involved in advertising or television broadcast or pitch coach.

The area outside the pitch will be reserved for catching balls, track journalists and photojournalists, camera operators and also security personnel, up to a maximum of 25 people.

The other areas without access to the pitch, which will have a maximum capacity of 60 people, are reserved for the media, statistics or related to television broadcasting, club bodies and security forces.

After the declaration of a pandemic, on March 11, sports competitions of almost all modalities were played without public, postponed - Olympic Games Tokyo2020, Euro2020 and Copa America -, suspended, in the cases of national championships and international events, or even canceled .

In Portugal, the restart of the I League is scheduled for June 4.

For the use of the technical area on the day of the games, the document foresees that it is “completely delimited and with access control”.

The access to the technical area should have a space for "monitoring of body temperature" and circulation spaces divided with tapes that "allow the movement of people in opposite directions".

The plan drawn up by the League determines that the clubs are responsible for cleaning all spaces under the terms provided by the Directorate-General for Health (DGS), “the guarantee of a cleaning and disinfection company can be centralized”.

Keeping the mandatory policing requirement, the document explains that inside the stadium will be the “minimum necessary” elements.

The security forces must also be on the outer perimeter "in order to deter the gathering of supporters".

As "possible needs", the plan refers to the acquisition of fast and accurate measuring thermometers, by infrared and oximeters or of sufficient surgical masks for players, staff and other elements of the clubs.

The document also clarifies that “the performance of tests in each day must be reevaluated according to the evolution of the epidemiological picture” and also with the “classification of them in relation to the competitive calendar”.

The document warns, in the conclusions, that "there are no scientifically validated recommendations or action procedures for covid-19, not even previous cases" that will guide those responsible for preparing the plan.

The document was prepared by the doctors of the sports societies participating in the I League and the II League, in conjunction with various specialists in the field of infectious diseases, pneumology, internal medicine, public health and sports cardiology, the National Association of Football Doctors, consultants from Liga Portugal, Professor Filipe Froes and Dr. António Diniz and specialists from the Portuguese Football Federation.


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