Six stadiums in Portugal do not pass corona check

In the stadiums of Vitoria Setubal, Boavista, Desportivo das Aves, Rio Ave, Gil Vicente and Pacos de Ferreira, “some corrections” need to be made, according to Portuguese health authorities.

The home ports of Vitoria Guimaraes, Tondela, Porto, Sporting, Benfica, Maritimo, Braga and Portimonense have passed the inspection, as have the training center for the national teams in Lisbon. Four teams did not have their stadium inspected.

Health authorities say that as few stadiums as possible should be used when resuming the Portuguese league. Several clubs have already complained that they do not want to play their home games outdoors.

Maritimo playing in Madeira even threatened to take legal action if it was not allowed to play in its own stadium. “Our stadium is one of the most modern in the country,” said director Nuno Pereira. “In addition, few people in Madeira are infected with the virus. The matter is under control here. There is no reason not to play football in our stadium.”

The competition will resume on June 4. Initially, it was planned to resume the season at the end of May, but last week it was decided to do so a week later to better inspect and organize the stadiums according to the new guidelines that apply because of the corona virus.

Ten more rounds have to be played in Portugal; Porto has sixty points, Benfica one less.


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