The Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) and the Primeira Liga revealed that the detailed reports on the stadiums of Paços de Ferreira, CD Aves, Rio Ave, Tondela, Portimonense and Vitória Setúbal were sent to the General Directorate of Health and are now awaiting authorisation as to their suitability in meeting the strict operational requirements. Belenenses (Lisbon), Famalicão, Moreirense and Santa Clara (Azores) stadiums have been ruled out. Belenenses and Santa Clara have already announced that they will play their ‘home’ games at the Cidade do Futebol in Oeiras (Lisbon). Famalicão has an agreement to play at Barcelos, the home of Gil Vicente, whilst Moreirense will play at Guimarães.
The plan also provides for a maximum of 185 people in the stadiums during the games with an area to be allocated for monitoring body temperature for those having access to the technical area.
A maximum of eighty-five people will be allowed in the technical zone, including players, technical staff, thee refereeing team, League delegates, security personnel, anti-doping doctor and video referee technicians.
Marítimo (Madeira) are hoping that they can still utilise the Estádio dos Barreiros and avoid relocating, despite requiring away sides to fly out to the island for games.
The top-flight mainstays have threatened to challenge the division’s comeback if they are forced to relocate from their home ground, citing the stadium’s exemplary facilities and Madeira’s comparatively low infection-rate. Director of Football, Briguel said, “Our stadium fulfils all of the requirements, it is one of the more modern stadiums in the entire division and Madeira has the COVID-19 situation under control. If we’re forced to stay in mainland Portugal, with players confined to hotel rooms, we’re running a greater risk. Furthermore, we’d be at a bigger disadvantage in comparison to our opponents.”
Despite concerns, it will be Portugal’s Directorate-General of Health, already reviewing the nation’s football grounds, who’ll have the final say on which stadiums the Primeira Liga can use.