Flamengo Boss Jorge Jesus Laments Decision for Football to Continue in Brazil
Flamengo boss Jorge Jesus criticised the decision for games to go ahead this weekend in Brazil’s state championships, in the wake of the Corona virus crisis.
Football around the world has ground to a halt to try to manage the impact of the pandemic, games in Brazil’s state leagues, however, went ahead, albeit behind closed doors.
The Fla boss also revealed that he lost a friend in his native Portugal to the virus and he believes that football in Brazil should stop.
Fla came from behind to beat Portuguesa RJ 2-1 at the Maracanã on Saturday. “Today it was emotionally very complicated,” the coach said.
“I never played without fans and I hope it will be the first and last game. It is a distressing thing, there is no football without fans. The other aspect has to do with the emotional aspect.
“Team tests, concerns, our families, all of this is being a very big problem in the structure of Flamengo. I already lost a friend in Portugal, today I understand what this is, we need to start thinking here.
“This moved the team sentimentally, I think this will have to stop. On the next day there can be no state games. Flamengo is something that is at risk. We had contact with a person and we don't know what can happen.”