Portugal will not automatically quarantine the team if the player tests positive

LISBON: Portugal, preparing to restart its professional soccer league on May 30, will not automatically order entire squads to be quarantined if one or more players test positive for coronavirus .

Government Health Guidelines, published by Portuguese soccer federation (FPF) said that players must remain at home in a form of self-isolation, except to go to training and games, and must be tested twice in the 48 hours before a game.

Domestic leagues around Europe are attempting to return to action following the coronavirus stoppage, with the Bundesliga to start on May 16, but the question of how to deal with a positive case within a squad is proving a difficult issue.

The entire squad of the German second division Dynamo Dresden Local authorities ordered them to be quarantined on Saturday for 14 days after two players tested positive. German law states that any response to cases is a matter for the local health authority.

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Attempts to restart the league in Austria have failed with the government's requirement that entire squads must be quarantined in the event of a single positive test.

Portugal Primeira Liga the teams started training last week before the planned restart. Vitoria Guimaraes He said Sunday that three players tested positive and isolated themselves while the rest of the team would continue individual training.

Portugal guidelines state that players testing positive must be isolated but that the implementation of regular testing should mean collective quarantine is not necessary.

The implementation of the containment and testing measures indicated in this protocol minimize the risk of contagion between athletes and other team members, so the identification of a positive case does not make the collective isolation of the teams mandatory, said the government document. , adding that the local health authority was ultimately responsible for a decision.

The players, the coaching staff and the referees must remain at home until the end of the season, except for matches and training.

Movements should be restricted to the home-club/competition-home route. Only social contacts with cohabitants and club members are allowed, says the document.

Before the competition begins, players, coaches and officials must undergo two tests 14 days apart. Once the competition starts, everyone involved must undergo a test 48 hours before the game and another as close as possible to the start of the game.

The document also said that the competition should take place in the minimum possible number of stadiums.