Portugal passes nine of the 18 top stadiums before the restart of the competition on June 4 amid complaints from clubs about the plan to use the minimum number of locations to complete the season
- Nine stadiums have passed inspections and have been declared ready to host matches
- Six others need to be improved and will be subject to a second inspection
- The four other teams in the league have not made their terrain available for inspection
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Nine stadiums have passed the inspections and have been declared ready to host matches when the Portuguese league restarts after the coronavirus stop, the league said on Wednesday.
Another six are to be improved and would be subject to a second inspection by the government’s Directorate-General for Health, the union added.
The home grounds of Vitoria Guimaraes, Tondela, Porto, Sporting, Benfica, Maritimo, Braga and Portimonense have been given the green light together with the National Team Training Center in Lisbon, which will also be used for some matches.
The home field of Sporting and Benfica has been declared ready to host games
The DGS said there should be “some corrections” in the stadiums of Vitoria Setubal, Boavista, Desportivo das Aves, Rio Ave, Gil Vicente and Pacos de Ferreira.
The four other teams in the 18-man league did not make their grounds available for inspection.
The DGS has said that as few stadiums as possible should be used, although this could prove to be a stumbling block as several clubs have already complained that they cannot play in their own stadiums.
Ten rounds of competition must be played between June 4 and July 26 to complete the season, which has evolved into a two-horse race between Porto, which leads by 60 points, and Benfica, who are one point behind.