Marítimo president, Carlos Pereira, admitted today that the PSP may prevent the continuation of the public in its stadium, but said he is satisfied that the club complied with the rules imposed.
The stadiums of the two clubs in Madeira were able to receive the public last weekend, after obtaining a permit from the Regional Directorate of Health, which allowed a maximum of 50% capacity of the stadiums, when presenting a negative antigen test at the entrance regardless of the vaccination certificate.
Regarding the match, which was held at the Maritimo Stadium, Carlos Pereira said today that the plan for the return of the public has been “fully fulfilled”, rejecting the accusations of the Public Security Police (PSP).
“It makes endless recommendations and makes it possible that there will never be an audience in the stadium again, which is incomprehensible, but the PSP will know how to respond to what was our competition,” the green manager replied in red.
According to a source from the I Liga club, the PSP accusations are linked to the “lack of banners at the bars inside the stadium, which lack information such as ‘wait for your turn’ and ‘enter and exit'”.
“I think all the rules have been followed, but even then we still have problems with the rules that have been imposed on us, which we think have been fully complied with, and the PSP, on the other hand, believes that they have not been fully complied with,” said Carlos Pereira. , stressing that “the PSP leader will have to respond, and if he wants to ban it, that’s his right.”
The match that took place on Sunday between Maritimo and Boavista, with a score of 1-0 inconsistent, counted for the first stage of the League Cup and was marked by the return of the fans to the stadiums in Madeira.
The “lions of Almirante Reis” had an audience for the last time at Barrios stadium on March 1, 2020, for the 23rd round of the tournament, in a match against Sporting de Braga, with the participation of 6530 fans, something that has never happened again due to the Covid-19 epidemic.
After a year and four months, the public returned to sports grounds in Madeira, which had a maximum capacity of 50%, upon presentation of a negative antigen test on entry, regardless of obtaining a vaccination certificate, according to the rule of the Regional Health Directorate published on July 21.
Near Estádio do Marítimo, a test center was set up, which operated on Saturday and Sunday, and less than an hour before the League Cup match between ‘verde rubros’ and Boavista, about 500 tests were conducted. All with negative results, Lusa’s source of health professionals told.
Speaking to the media at the end of the initiative that worked to extend the contract with one of the sponsors, the Marítimo president also left a spree.
“I don’t know if sport is business and if people don’t like it, we like it. We did it, they didn’t,” concludes Carlos Pereira.
According to the latest epidemiological bulletin published by the regional authorities, Madeira has diagnosed 30 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, with half of the local transmission cases, representing 249 active cases, the Regional Health Directorate revealed on Tuesday.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused at least 4,179,675 deaths worldwide, among more than 195.2 million cases of the novel coronavirus, according to AFP’s latest balance sheet.
In Portugal, since the beginning of the epidemic, in March 2020, 17,320 people died and 960,437 cases of infection were recorded, according to the Directorate General of Health.
The respiratory disease is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which was discovered in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China, and currently with variants identified in countries such as the United Kingdom, India, South Africa, Brazil and Peru.
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