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Flamengo reaps criticism from Rio for restarting training

Brazilian football club Flamengo has resumed training with players, much to the dismay of the city council of Rio de Janeiro. According to the highest health official in the metropolis, clubs are not yet allowed to get started with the ball or do physical exercises.

Brazil’s reigning champion and 2019 Copa Libertadores winner, Flamengo got his players back to training for the first time on Monday, after a two-month hiatus from the corona pandemic. According to the local government, this is not allowed and clubs may only welcome their players for checks and tests for the corona virus.

“Flamengo has been informed that non-essential activities will be suspended until May 25,” the head of health authorities in Rio said in a statement. It is not clear whether action is being taken against the club.

Brazilian professional football has been virtually silent since mid-March. There is no date for a restart yet. According to Walter Feldman, the boss of the Brazilian football association CBF, the competition can restart at the end of June.

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