Portugal’s Primeira Liga to return on June 3 Say’s Prime Minister Antonio Costa
Antonio Costa “Said Over the past few days, various entities have carried out successive alignment meetings so that the recovery can take place safely and with all the protection measures that mitigate the risks of returning to the activity.
“It is anticipated that this joint work by DGS [Directorate-General of Health of Portugal], FPF [Portuguese Football Federation] and Liga Portugal will serve as a model for the resumption of other economic activities, with the aim of this professional competition providing an example of the good practices that this pandemic imposes on us.
“In order to ensure that the stadiums are strictly inspected and medical tests are carried out on all professionals involved in the games and their organisation, the date of June 4, 2020 is set for the first game of the 25th round of the Liga NOS.”
The league announced late Friday the schedule for the remaining nine rounds of the season but not for the final matchday on 21 July.
Porto host seventh-placed Famalicao, who were promoted last term, late on the Wednesday after struggling Portimonense welcome mid-table Gil Vicente earlier in the day.
The Portuguese government said in April the closing 10 rounds of the campaign, which was suspended on 12 March, would have to be played according to strict medical protocols.
Players will have to pass virus tests twice a week and matches will be played “in the fewest number of stadiums possible”.
The venues for the remaining fixtures were not divulged by the league but according to local press reports they will be held in their usual locations.
Elsewhere, champions Benfica, whose midfielder David Tavares had tested positive for the virus, host 14th placed Tondela on 4 June.
After a rest day on June 8, the following round of matches will be spread over five days from 9 June to 13 June.
Subsequent rounds will also be spread over four to six days, with just a single rest day in between each, until 21 July when the penultimate round will be complete.
Porto lead the 18-team table with 60 points from 24 matches, one ahead of bitter rivals Benfica, with Braga a further 13 points adrift in third.
As at today Portugal has seen over 30,200 confirmed coronavirus cases 7,590 recovered case and more than 1,289 deaths since the pandemic began.