FPF informs that MP refused ‘security bubble’ for Paulistão’s continuity – Prime Time Zone

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The São Paulo Federation, however, stated that it will meet with clubs from the three main divisions of Paulista to ‘ensure the completion of competitions on their scheduled dates’

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A Paulista Football Federation (FPF) issued a statement on Tuesday morning, 16, stating that it had a meeting with the State Public Ministry, yesterday evening, with the aim of discussing the continuity of the Paulista championship in the middle of the emergency phase, which banned the practice of team sports and determined the stoppage of competitions from 15 to 30 March to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. In a note, the entity detailed some measures presented, such as the realization of a “security bubble”, where athletes and technical commissions would be tested and isolated until the most severe quarantine period. In addition, it was proposed to suspend Serie A-3 games and part of A-2 games. The MP, however, remained adamant and maintained the interruption of football.

“From the announcement of the stoppage of football, the FPF studied alternatives and developed, based on scientific data, an even more rigorous protocol to protect athletes, technical commissions, referees and football professionals. The document foresees a 56% reduction in the number of matches played during the Emergency Phase, with the temporary suspension of Series A3 and partial suspension of Series A2 of the Paulista Championship – Series A1 would have its 24 games played. To ensure even greater security for professionals, the new protocol created the concept of “Security Bubble” again, with all the delegations tested and isolated in hotels or training centers until the end of this period. Without any external contact, the clubs would move only to the stadiums (fully disinfected) and return to their quarters, with tests before and after the matches. In addition, the number of game operation professionals in the stadiums would be reduced by 70%, with a collective communication effort to make fans aware of the need for social isolation ”, explained the FPF. See the full release below.

Despite the rejection, the FPF ended the statement stating that it would meet with clubs in the three main divisions of Paulistão this Tuesday to discuss the measures that will be taken, “ensuring the completion of the competitions on their scheduled dates”. The idea of ​​the Federation, now, should be to transfer the matches to another state – the game between São Bento and Palmeiras, delayed by the third round, for example, will take place at Independência, in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais.

Check the note in full

The São Paulo Football Federation announces that it met this Monday (15) in the morning with the Government of the State of São Paulo and, in the evening, with the State Prosecutor’s Office to deal with the stoppage of sport in the Emergency Phase.

In both meetings, the FPF presented a study and a proposal based on medical and scientific criteria, which supported the request for partial release of football in this period, with fewer games, fewer people involved, tests before and after each match and a “bubble” safety “for athletes and technical commissions. For public knowledge, we list the arguments below:

1- Just like restaurants, which are prevented from receiving customers in their salons and have operated with a delivery system, football continues without an audience in the stadiums, delivering the games to the fans, at home, through broadcasts. However, football is an economic activity that has a rigorous and unprecedented health protocol, with weekly tests by its employees and daily medical monitoring. With the stoppage, more than 3,000 athletes, members of technical commissions and employees of the associations stop having this medical control;

2- Strict control means that football has a positivity rate of 2.2% —15 times lower than the rate for the State of São Paulo and less than half the number recommended by WHO for pandemic control (5 %). And, as the vast majority of athletes who contracted COVID-19 are asymptomatic, this active testing allows the professional to be immediately identified and isolated, avoiding the contamination of more people;

3- In the presentation on Thursday (11/3), in which the Emergency Phase was announced, the Government of the State of São Paulo used a slide in which it cited as an example countries that adopted restrictive measures. In none of the countries listed by the Government, soccer was paralyzed in the second wave of COVID-19, which demonstrates that there is no international scientific reference that supports the decision to stop soccer to fight the disease;

4- From the announcement of the soccer stoppage, the FPF studied alternatives and developed, based on scientific data, an even more rigorous protocol to protect athletes, technical commissions, referees and soccer professionals. The document foresees a 56% reduction in the number of matches played during the Emergency Phase, with the temporary suspension of Series A3 and partial suspension of Series A2 of the Paulista Championship – Series A1 would have its 24 games played. To ensure even greater security for professionals, the new protocol created the concept of “Security Bubble” again, with all the delegations tested and isolated in hotels or training centers until the end of this period. Without any external contact, the clubs would move only to the stadiums (fully disinfected) and return to their quarters, with tests before and after the matches. In addition, the number of game operation professionals in the stadiums would be reduced by 70%, with a collective communication effort to make fans aware of the need for social isolation.

The FPF clarifies that, although all the measures have been well received by the Government of São Paulo and by the Public Ministry, the claim was rejected under arguments that run away from any medical and scientific concept already seen worldwide in the fight against COVID-19. This afternoon (16), the FPF and the A1, A2 and A3 Series clubs will meet again to discuss the measures that will be taken, ensuring the completion of the competitions on their scheduled dates.