Belenenses SAD’s next championship game, which was forced a week ago to play against Benfica with just nine players due to an outbreak of Covid-19, has been postponed, announced © Friday the Portuguese League. “The match between Belenenses and Vizela, counting for the 13th day of the championship, has been postponed to January 2, with a start scheduled for 8:30 p.m., after the health authorities have Decreed the prophylactic isolation of the Belenenses team, “the Portuguese League said in a statement. “With this measure, and because Belenenses does not have the minimum number of players available, the League has decreed the postponement of the match”, initially scheduled for Monday, she said .

Around twenty 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 match on Thursday, a week after being forced to face Benfica with only nine players available. Several football entities met on Friday to analyze the Belenenses-Benfica match so that “what happened last Saturday never happens again,” the League said in a statement.

These sports organizations wish to “immediately create legal mechanisms” so that “no football match, in any competition, starts with a number of less than 13 players. including the guardian “, according to the conclusions of this meeting. The continuation of this match, despite the health situation within the club, had aroused an outcry in Portugal.

A goalkeeper had to be lined up as an outfield 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 limit Regulation 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 a Covid outbreak at the host club.

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

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