Nine stadiums gives I League Portuguese football approved through the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) to receive games immediately, while six others need corrections, was announced today.
In a statement, the Portuguese Professional Football League (LPFP) and the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) reported on the result of visits by the regional health authorities to 15 stadiums candidates to host games in the resumption of the competition, scheduled for June 4 .
Estádio da Luz (Benfica), Estádio do Dragão (FC Porto), Estádio José Alvalade (Sporting), Estádio D. Afonso Henriques (Vitória de Guimarães), João Cardoso Stadium (Tondela), Estádio do Marítimo, Estádio Municipal de Braga, Portimão Estádio and Cidade do Futebol (FPF) were approved by the DGS to receive games immediately.
As for the stadiums in Bonfim (Vitória de Setúbal), Capital do Móvel (Paços de Ferreira), City of Barcelos (Gil Vicente), Clube Desportivo das Aves, Bessa and Rio Ave, DGS indicated “a set of that will have to be targeted so that they can be inspected again by the health authorities ”.
Santa Clara and Belenenses SAD have already announced that they will play in Cidade do Futebol, in Oeiras, while Famalicão will receive opponents in Barcelos, and Moreirense will also not play in their stadium, with Guimarães being the strongest chance.
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 .
The football championships of France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Scotland have been canceled, while other countries are preparing to return to the competition, with strong restrictions, as in England, Italy, Spain and Portugal, which has the restart of the I League scheduled for 04 June, after the German League resumed on Saturday.
There are 90 games to be played in the top echelon of national football, the only one that was not canceled due to the new coronavirus, as well as the final of the Portuguese Cup, which will oppose Benfica and FC Porto.
After 24 days, the 'dragons' lead the competition, with 60 points, one more than the champion Benfica.