The Secretary of State for Youth and Sports confirmed, this Monday, that the final of the Portuguese Cup between Sporting de Braga and Benfica, which will be played this Sunday in Coimbra, will have no public.
João Paulo Rebelo said that the Government does not put the possibility of allowing the public to attend the final to take place in Coimbra, as a kind of pilot test, similar to what it did for the last day of the championship, but that the League of Clubs ended up refuse in the name of equity between clubs.
“No, not at the moment, no. The Government gave a chance for a set of pilot tests to take place at the end of the season to symbolize that the next one starts with an audience in the stadiums. The idea of having an audience on the last day was just for the club visited, which would be manifestly impossible to happen in the Cup final, ”said the Secretary of State, on the sidelines of the presentation of the Centenary Book – History of Sporting Clube de Braga.
João Paulo Rebelo said that this is a scenario that he does not present at this time and, questioned if it can be, he replied that “there will be no conditions for that to happen”.
“Even because we were very clear in the opening given: it was the I Liga, in the last round and nothing was said about the final of the Portuguese Cup”, he said.
Asked about the presence of the public in the final of the Champions League, at Estádio do Dragão, in Porto, between Manchester City and Chelsea, the official noted that this was “a requirement” for the game to come to Portugal.
“These are very different circumstances. When the conditions in which these supporters are going to travel to our country are known, everyone will understand the absolutely extraordinary measures that will be taken. That was a requirement of UEFA, it was up to the table to organize or not by the possibility of having an audience and the Government took an option ”, he explained.
This Monday, the direction of the Liga Portugal reversed last week’s decision and announced that, after all, the games of the last day will not have an audience in the stands.
“Among several other reasons, the Prime Time Zone of Liga Portugal understood that not all the fair conditions, when on matchday 34 there are teams that, sportingly, have the future yet to decide ”, he explained.