Covid-19: Assistant soccer referee José Luzia tests positive

Assistant referee José Luzia tested positive for covid-19, is doing well and complying with the recommendations of health authorities, announced today the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF)

In a statement, the body recalls that “the arbitration agents, like the support staff, are being subjected to the testing protocol defined by the Directorate-General for Health and are permanently monitored by the FPF Health and Performance Unit”.

Tests on covid-19 are one of the measures imposed by the FPF for the return of referees to competition,

The 1st Football League will be resumed under strong restrictions and without an audience at the stadiums on June 3, with the meeting between Portimonense and Gil Vicente, in what will be the first of the 90 games of the last 10 matches, until July 26.

According to the FPF Arbitration Council, a total of 72 referees will be used to resume the competition.

The organization informs that in addition to the 21 C1 referees (main category), 38 assistant referees and another 10 C2 Elite referees will participate in the games, as fourth referee. The group is completed with three VAR specialists.

Globally, according to a report by the AFP news agency, the covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 369,000 deaths and infected more than 6 million people in 196 countries and territories.

In Portugal, 1,410 people died of the 32,500 confirmed as infected, and there are 19,409 recovered cases, according to the Directorate-General for Health.


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