Brazil says football fans can return to stadiums

Despite having 4.5 million cases and more than 138,000 fatalities from Covid-19, Brazil is the second worst-hit country in the world in terms of deaths. On Tuesday it recorded 33,536 infections and 836 deaths.

Despite this Brazil’s government has said football stadiums can open their doors to fans at 30% capacity at first but that could increase. In Rio de Janeiro’s MaracanĂ£ stadium that would mean 25,000 people in the stands.

City authorities can veto the decision – Belo Horizonte has already said it won’t be bringing fans back in yet, according to Brazilian media reports.

And clubs are struggling to keep their players virus-free. One league match last month was cancelled minutes before kick-off when members of one team tested positive. And on Tuesday Flamengo were due to play in a Copa Libertadores tie, but seven players and two staff tested positive before the match.

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