The Portuguese football league system has several professional association football divisions including the Primeira Liga. It is also known as the Portuguese Soccer League. The league comprises eighteen top football clubs such as Benfica, FC Porto, Famalicao, and FC Braga. The Portuguese Football Federation suspended all soccer leagues in the country on March 12, 2020. But the Portuguese Soccer League is expected to return this month and football fans can wager on it at Betway. Read on to learn more about it.
Three Portuguese Soccer League Test Positive for the Coronavirus Disease
Three Vitoria Guimaraes players tested positive for COVID-19 last month. The Portuguese government stated that it would assess the risk associated with restarting football in the country soon.
A few days later, two staff and three players from Famalicao also tested positive for Coronavirus, according to the Lusa News Agency. But, the club didn't disclose their identities. It said that the infected footballers were asymptomatic and it had asked them to self-isolate. Even so, the rest of its players would continue with individual training. The club didn't put all players on a two-week quarantine as Dynamo Dresden did after two of its players tested positive for the virus.
Some Portuguese Soccer League clubs started training at the end of May while the government called off the second division. The health directorate claimed that it is tricky to implement safety regulations and supervise soccer matches once the leagues resume.
Graca Freitas, the Health Director-General in Portugal said that national, local, and regional health authorities need to consider particular risk assessments if more players test positive for COVID-19. Vitoria Setubal announced that none of its staff or players had contracted the virus, thus completing its first training stage. You can place your bets on soccer with Betway on any top Portuguese club once the Primeira Liga returns.
The Return of the Primeira Liga
A short while ago, some FC Porto fans shocked sports authorities when they stated that they will travel to Vila Nova de Famalicao to cheer the club. Graca Freitas stated that the government had banned fans from entering stadiums. Also, it won't allow soccer fans to gather at cafes to watch Portuguese Soccer League matches. Every Portuguese citizen needs to follow these rules. Although the government allowed Primeira Liga to return, match organizers need to ensure that each team adheres to the outlined safety measures.
Local authorities banned gatherings comprising over 20 people and put limitations on public transport. The Portuguese government stated that clubs, players, and the league will be responsible if anyone violates the regulations during games and training.
Authorities had hinted that all participants would sign documents indicating their commitment to those terms. But, Portuguese players complained about that move. Their union agreed with the government that the league would return after all involved parties have followed various safety measures.
The Portuguese Soccer League has been suspended for three months due to the Coronavirus pandemic. But, the government has held several meetings with football officials to discuss the measures soccer leagues need to take for them to resume. The Primeira Liga announced that the soccer league would start on June 4, 2020. Betway will offer real-time match updates to all punters.