The game between Santa Clara and Paços de Ferreira, from the 21st round of the I League, will have an audience in the stands, announced today the Portuguese Professional Football League (LPFP), noting that it will be the first time this happens in 2021.
“Santa Clara Açores, Futebol SAD informs that the game between CD Santa Clara-FC Paços Ferreira, from the 21st round of Liga NOS, will have an audience on the stands, which happens first time in the year 2021 in Professional Football in Portugal ”, can be read in a statement from the Club League.
LPFP clarifies that the decision was taken in conjunction with the Regional Government of the Azores, namely with the Regional Health Directorate (DRS), and will respect the regional regulatory decree of 12 February, which provides for the “limitation of the public presence at cultural events and sports competitions to one third of the respective capacity guaranteeing the distance rules in the context of the covid-19 pandemic.
“More we refer that this will be the third sporting event of CD Santa Clara in the 20/21 season with the presence of an audience, after the games against Gil Vicente FC and Sporting CP, a fact that is both a pride and a tremendous responsibility ”, highlights the organization chaired by Pedro Proença.
This decision, the LPFP continues, will require “all Azoreans to adopt collective responsibility, as happened in the last games test against Gil Vicente FC and Sporting CP ”, which took place, respectively, on 03 and 24 October.
“Again, we are fully convinced that the Azorean people will return to correspond to the recommendations of the competent entities and will be an example of civility, wisdom and rectitude in a demanding moment for all ”, adds the note.
By decision of the DRS, supporters of Paços de Ferreira will not be able to attend at the São Miguel Stadium, in the game scheduled for February 27, but the Club League says it believes that, “in the short term, everyone will have the opportunity to return to football, supporting their teams and in full compliance with public health measures ”.
The covid-19 pandemic caused 15,821 deaths in Portugal, among the 794,769 confirmed infection cases, according to the most recent bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.