Sónia Carneiro, executive director of the League of Clubs, welcomes the government’s decision to keep the professional championships going despite the confinement of a month that the country is preparing to cross.
In statements to White ball, the manager explains that it would be “catastrophic” if football stopped again, as happened in the first general confinement, and the II League was not even resumed.
“We are aware that the number of cases is increasing, but the behavior of the SAD in recent months has allowed this vote of confidence, which we will honor. It would be absolutely catastrophic if football stopped in all aspects,” he explains.
Sónia Carneiro explains that football can be “some entertainment for people at home”. “When abdicating the public, football became a television show, which is not ideal, but it is a less bad scenario within the pandemic”, he explains.
The fact that football continues to be disputed is a vote of confidence and implies even greater responsibility in the clubs: “Responsibility has increased, but we will maintain the treatment that it is to test weekly. All teams test before each day. We will honor the vote of confidence and we will carry the competitions to the end, fighting for the common goal to help raise awareness of the population about the need for everyone to protect themselves to the maximum “.
Sónia Carneiro reveals that there is a “great alignment” between all the entities and reveals that the doctors of the clubs meet again to discuss the evolution of the pandemic within professional football.
“We cannot stop the competition. There is a great awareness of all the teams and an alignment between the entities and the doctors of the clubs. On the next 22nd we will have a new webinar to gather the doctors: we will follow what is done and correct the that is necessary. The only solution is to continue playing, regardless of the cases “, ends.
The Prime Minister announced last Wednesday night that the first football and futsal divisions will not stop with the new confinement: “The professional league and the leagues similar to the professional ones are kept active, obviously without an audience”, communicated António Costa, at the press conference to publicize new restrictive measures to combat the new coronavirus pandemic.
In addition to the I and II Men’s football leagues, the Portuguese Championship (men’s) and the Women’s I League continue to take place, as well as the first men’s and women’s futsal divisions.
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