Sunday, October 17

The Federation endorses Hercules and requests a 20% capacity for Rico Pérez this Sunday

Health authorized the entry of 1,000 spectators in the Hercules-Atzeneta on October 25.  |  ALEX DOMÍNGUEZ

Health authorized the entry of 1,000 spectators in the Hercules-Atzeneta on October 25. | ALEX DOMÍNGUEZ

The Football Federation of the Valencian Community (FFCV) endorsed the position of Hercules and asked for a 20% maximum capacity in stadiums with more than 8,000 spectators given “the certainty” that football does not affect the volume of coronavirus infections and after the decrease in the incidence rate last Monday to 65.8 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, the same level that was registered in the Community on last July.

Last Friday, the Hercules submitted to the Ministry a request for a minimum capacity of 11% (about 3,200 spectators) for next Sunday’s match (12.00) at the Rico Pérez stadium against Atlético Levante on the penultimate day of the first phase of the League in group 3B of Second B. The blue and white club, which guarantees “strict compliance” with health security protocols, based its claim on the decrease in infections and on the fact that other clubs such as Racing de Santander, Badajoz and Real Murcia have authorized capacity of 5,000 spectators with a covid incidence figures similar or higher than those of Alicante.

The request officially formulated last Monday by the Valencian Federation not only endorses and supports that of Hercules, but also extends that request for capacity to 20% of the capacity of Rico Pérez, which represents about 6,400 people.

«In open-air stadiums with capacity for more than 8,000 spectators there is more than enough space to distribute 20% of the capacity throughout the venue strictly complying with health protocols», Said the autonomous body that presides Salvador Gomar. It so happens that the only stadium with a capacity of more than 8,000 people in the Valencian Community that hosts non-professional football matches is the Rico Pérez de Alicante. The other five – Martínez Valero, Mestalla, Ciutat de València, Castalia and El Madrigal de Villarreal – host professional football matches.

“It is not understood that in cinemas or theaters they leave 50% and in football only 150 people”, explained sources from the FFCV, who consider the situation of sport in the Community to be discriminatory with the health de-escalation. “With the aggravating circumstance that cinemas and theaters are activities in closed spaces, unlike football,” they added.

The Federation has also asked the Council to resume all territorial soccer and futsal competitions from next Monday the 15th.. At the moment, the Ministry of Health has already authorized for this weekend the return to competition of the Preferred Regional and the Valenta regional women’s league. The regional categories and grassroots football are still pending to receive permission to resume: Regional youth and from cadets downwards.

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