LINFO.RE – created on 25.08.2021 at 22:13 – updated on 25.08.2021 at 22:13 –
Sports authorities in Brazil and Argentina want to “test” a return of the public to the stadiums during qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
In a statement, the São Paulo State Sports Secretariat said the next Brazil-Argentina match should be able to take place in front of 12,000 spectators.
This match, scheduled for September 5, is part of the qualifications for the South America zone of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
As reported by France 24, the sports authorities of both countries intend to make these matches “test events” to consider allowing the public to return to the stadiums.
On September 9, Argentina will host Bolivia, and footballers will be able to play in front of 20,000 spectators in the Monumental Stadium in Buenos Aires, a mark of 30%.
Argentine Tourism and Sports Minister Matias Lammens said during a press conference that the pilot experience “will allow an assessment of how the protocols will be implemented”. The aim is to organize a gradual return to the stadiums for the local championships, he said.
Similarly in Brazil, this meeting will serve as a “test event” in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic and to encourage vaccination. According to the press release, only fans with a negative test carried out less than 48 hours before the meeting will be allowed to enter the stadium. “After the match, all spectators will be followed and accompanied for fifteen days,” he explained.
These September international matches could be disrupted by a measure taken by English clubs. The latter have in fact decided not to let some of their foreign players play these matches in countries at high risk of contamination with Covid-19.
Nearly 60 players who were to travel to 26 countries are affected by this restriction.
Brazil and Argentina are also on the British authorities’ red list. According to the rules, anyone returning from one of these countries must self-isolate for 10 days in a hotel chosen by the government, regardless of their vaccination status.
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