Brazil`s president wants football to return amid pandemic
Published: 09:28 PM, 2 May 2020
Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro
Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro wants to see football competitions restart soon amid the coronavirus pandemic, arguing that players are less likely to die from Covid-19 because of their physical fitness.
“There is a lot of people in soccer that are favourable to a return because unemployment is knocking on clubs’ doors too,” Bolsonaro said in an interview with Radio Guaiba. “Footballers, if infected with the virus, have a small chance of dying. That’s because of their physical state, because they are athletes.”
Brazil’s president said his new health minister will issue a suggestion that games return without any fans in the stadiums, but he acknowledged many players might be reluctant.
“The decision to restart soccer is not mine, but we can help,” Bolsonaro said, adding he has spoken with Gremio coach Renato Portaluppi about the issue and was told that players are still worried about the virus.