Costa dismisses fans' return to stadiums this season

Costa dismisses fans' return to stadiums this season


The decision follows the line adopted for the MotoGP Grand Prix, which is taking place today at the Portimão circuit, and for the next Formula 1 Grand Prix

Prime Minister António Costa said this Thursday that it was "evident" that fans would not be able to return to football stadiums this season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The news was advanced yesterday by the agency EFE, quoting the words of António Costa: "It is evident that before the next season, there will surely be no fans in the stadiums. It is an issue that is resolved and clear", said the prime minister at a conference of press in which he detailed the next steps of the deflation.

The decision, according to EFE, follows the line adopted for the MotoGP Grand Prix that is taking place today at the Portimão circuit of the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve (AIA), and for the next Formula 1 Grand Prix, in the same place, inside a fortnight.

Costa's statements clash with the hopes of Liga Portugal president Pedro Proença, who was confident that supporters could return to the stands at least in May. The PSD deputies elected by the Algarve also lined up in the same direction, demanding the presence of an audience in the two races of the world championship – MotoGP and Formula 1.

In a recent interview, the president of Turismo do Algarve said that the absence of an audience at the MotoGP GP, causes a loss of financial revenue for the Algarve region of over 80 million euros.

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