The next league game for club Belenenses, which a week ago was forced to play Benfica with just nine players due to an outbreak of Covid-19, has been postponed, the Portuguese League announced on Friday.

“The match between Belenenses and Vizela, counting for the 13th day of the championship, has been postponed to January 2, with a start scheduled at 8:30 p.m., after the health authorities decreed the prophylactic isolation of the Belenenses team”, a affirmed the Portuguese League in a press release.

“With this measure, and because Belenenses does not have the minimum number of players available, the League has decreed the postponement of the game,” initially scheduled for Monday, she said.

Around 20 cases of contamination with the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, the first recorded in Portugal according to the National Institute of Health (Insa), have been detected in the club. Since then, the entire workforce and management have been in isolation.

The club had requested a postponement of the game on Thursday, a week after being forced to face Benfica with just nine players left. A goalkeeper had to be lined up as a field player and the game was interrupted before the end when, as a result of injuries, there were only six players left able to continue, the regulatory limit being set at seven. Belenenses was then down 7-0 in the 48 minute mark.

The League has already announced the postponement of a Matchday 13 match between Tondela and Moreirense on Wednesday due to an outbreak of Covid at the host club.

The clash between Benfica and Sporting Portugal, another club in the capital, however, will take place on Friday, with Benfica players all having tested negative after the game against Belenenses. Sporting will be deprived of their captain, Uruguayan Sebastian Coates, infected with Covid-19.

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