The Lisbon Football Association (AFL) criticized, this Thursday, the norm of the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) for the resumption of football training, which requires testing for the new coronavirus before the games, paid for by the clubs.
In a statement, AFL regrets that, instead of the “slowdown” or “total lifting of the constraints hitherto existing”, the update of the DGS standard 019/2020 imposes on its members clubs a series of unaffordable requirements in view of the current conditions financial “.
The AFL explains that it is mandatory to “present a negative result in a laboratory test for SARS-CoV-2, carried out in accordance with DGS standard 019/2020, up to 72 hours before the start of activities by all age group practitioners. training for medium and high risk sports “.
The standard, updated on Wednesday by the DGS, defines the random testing of 50% of athletes and technical teams and 50% of referees, in competitions that take place in municipalities with an incidence rate of less than 120 cases per 100,000 inhabitants .
If the meetings take place in municipalities with an incidence rate greater than 120 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, the standard provides for tests to be carried out on all players, members of the technical team and referees.
In relation to training, participants are exempted from carrying out tests in municipalities with an incidence rate of less than 120 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, but in the remainder they will have to carry out random tests on 50% of the athletes and the technical team, every 14 days.
The return to training and competitions is announced for low-risk sports starting on April 5th, in a recovery that extends until May 3rd.
The AFL also regrets the fact that the presence of the public in sports venues continues to be prohibited.
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