Soccer is defined: Russia postpones its League, Portugal and Argentina, in the air
Europe continues to speak outas to the restart of its various Leagues, following UEFA’s recommendation to end, if possible, all of them.In that sense, Portugal left it up in the air. The president of the Portuguese Federation, Fernando Gomes, and the leaders of the First and Second professional clubs met this Wednesday telematically to analyze the situation and concluded that, if the evolution of the pandemic allows it, they could end the League. The president of the Maritime, Carlos Pereira, advanced this Wednesday to EFE that the most evident conclusion after the meeting is that “until the peak of the pandemic -in Portugal- is known, the future of the competitions will not be defined”. In this sense, the Government of Portugal foresees that the maximum peak of the pandemic will be reached at the end of May, although it would last a few weeks. If there are conditions, “the option of concluding the championship will be considered,” Pereira said, although he insisted that nothing materialized, not even if the matches could be played behind closed doors.
On the other hand , the Russian Football Union (UFR) suspended this Wednesday the League and the rest of national competitions until May 31 due to the coronavirus, which has already infected almost 2,800 people in this country. The federal statement considered the coronavirus epidemic an · irreversible circumstance · and a matter of · force majeure · that makes it impossible to practice soccer at a professional level. In turn, it warns that the stoppage is not a reason to unilaterally break contracts and requests that clubs that reduce their expenses illegally. In this regard, the soccer players of Spartak Moscow, the most popular team in Russia, announced their decision to lower their salaries by 40 percent during the break caused by COVID-19.
Finally, Víctor Blanco, president of the Racing Club, and Juan José Concina, secretary of the Newell’s Old Boys, said this Wednesday that the date of return for Argentine football is uncertain. Blanco assured in dialogue with FM Late that the club will agree with the players on the “reduction of wages” because “the funds that come in are not enough to pay” and that “today the return of football is uncertain.” The President of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, ruled the mandatory social isolation until at least April 13.