The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) maintained on Monday its intention that the League championship begin on August 9, although for this it still needs the endorsement of the country’s health authorities.
The entity recalled in a statement that at a meeting held on June 25, in which the 40 First and Second Division clubs participated, the dates 9 and 8 August were approved for the start of the two tournaments, respectively.
The Brazilian Championship was scheduled to start in the first week of May, but the coronavirus pandemic, which already leaves nearly 65,500 deaths and 1.6 million infections in the country and continues to expand throughout the country today, forced to postpone it. .
Regional tournaments have also been suspended since March, which is deeply rooted among the fans of each Brazilian state and are held just before the League.
However, the state of Rio de Janeiro, the second most affected by the pandemic, allowed the Carioca Championship to return in June, although under intense controversy and amid complaints from some of the teams.
CBF’s emphatic response to the Governor of Sao Paulo
In Sao Paulo, the governor of that state, Joao Doria, affirmed this Monday that the São Paulo teams will not be able to start the Brazilian Championship until the Paulista Championship ends, for which there is no return date yet.
The CBF replied to Doria by means of an official note in which he stated that the Sao Paulo clubs approved at that meeting held on June 25 the dates proposed for the start of the First and Second Division.
“To preserve those dates, the clubs agreed to play outside their domain, transferring their local status to another city or state” in case their stadiums “have not been released” for those days by the health authorities, the entity stressed.
“That decision was made based on a vote that had the support of 19 (of the 20) Primera clubs, including all of Sao Paulo,” he added. The only one who voted against was Athletico Paranaense.
The CBF added that Sao Paulo clubs, among which are some of the most important in the country, such as Palmeiras, Santos, Corinthians and Sao Paulo, have “reaffirmed their position” this Monday.
However, as the confederation itself acknowledges, for the start of the championship the endorsement of “the health authorities of nine” of the 27 Brazilian states and of “eleven cities” is necessary, which has not yet happened, according to the president of CBF, Rogério Caboclo, in an interview with the newspaper ‘O Globo’.