The president of the Portuguese Professional Football League (LPFP), Pedro Proença, today expressed the hope that the competitions will not stop, even if Portugal returns to a new general confinement due to the covid-19.
“With the pandemic situation worsening particularly intensely at the beginning of the year, the Government will be forced to adopt, it seems, a new period of general confinement. It is our firm belief that professional football, due to the exemplary way it has positioned itself in the various stages of fighting the pandemic, will continue its activity ”, wrote the leader on social networks.
To illustrate the security of professional football, Pedro Proença recalls that, by the end of December, the LPFP had already performed “33 thousand tests”, namely “26 thousand PCR and seven thousand antigen”, trusting, therefore, that these “impressive numbers ”Are taken into account by guardianship when announcing restrictive measures.
The leader, who announced a new update of numbers in the coming days, understands that "no one can remain indifferent" to this record.
"The clubs, as well as the players and other sports agents, with the same sense of social responsibility shown throughout the process, will continue on the field, with all the precautions considered essential by the competent entities", he promised.
In the 1st Football League, two teams from the Algarve compete, Farense and Portimonense, respectively 13th and 18th classified, but separated by a single point, after 13 matches.
Due to the pandemic, in Portugal, football stopped on March 12, 2020 and only returned to normal, always without an audience, in early June.
Today Portugal registers 122 deaths related to covid-19, the highest daily value since the beginning of the pandemic, and 5,604 new cases of infection with the new coronavirus, according to the Directorate-General for Health (DGS).