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Posted: Tuesday, June 16, 2020. 5:22 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: At present, sporting competitions remain restricted by the State of Emergency regulations which expire on June 30.

But sports, including football, are anxiously awaiting what happens then.

The Football Federation of Belize’s timeline of reopening the Premier League for a new season in July and other competitions in August is still dependent on what the Government approves, said FFB General Secretary Earl Jones today, adding that they are developing their protocols for when they get the word for approval from FIFA, regional body CONCACAF and the Government.

Jones said FIFA will decide and detail special COVID-19 relief funds in addition to the twice-yearly funds sent early in May. There is a cost to reopening which the Federation needs to tabulate, he said.

And he said he “doesn’t see” anyone other than immediate relatives and others associated with football being allowed into stadiums anytime soon; he’s not even sure he can “win the confidence of fans back to the stadium”, despite it being an integral part of the experience. Potential measures include taking temperature checks and spreading out visitors under tents, and so on.

But he remained optimistic that “we will emerge from this better, stronger associations, and in turn the Federation.”

 

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