The president of the Portuguese Professional Football League (LPFP), Pedro Proença, regretted today that sport has been voted “oblivious” in the Recovery and Resilience Plan (PRR), to access community funds after the crisis of the pandemic of 19.
“It remains incomprehensible the forgetfulness to which Sport, apparently, was subject in the scope of the Recovery and Resilience Plan”, stated Pedro Proença, in a text published on Facebook, following a meeting of the financial working group of the LPFP, which served to “align strategies and priorities for economic recovery” in football.
The leader of the organization even used the “excellent example” of the United Kingdom, whose government recently announced an “investment of 347 million euros related to a package of subsidies to national sport”, and the funds will be used “to compensate for the reduction caused by restricting fans’ access to stadiums and sports facilities ”.
Besides, Pedro Proença left an alert: “As I have already had the opportunity to say in the recent past, the difficult moment we are going through appears to be a huge opportunity to move forward with a set of decisive structural reforms to increase the competitiveness of professional football . ”
The PRR of Portugal, to access the post-crisis community funds of the covid-19, provides for 36 reforms and 77 investments in the social, climate and digitalization areas, for a total of 13.9 billion euros in grants.
The document has been criticized by several national sports structures, namely the Portuguese Olympic Committee (COP), the Portuguese Sports Confederation (CDP) and the Portuguese Professional Football League (LPFP), for excluding Brussels recommendations and objectives of the Portugal 2030 Strategy, in the areas of physical and sporting activity of the populations.