The Brazilian Football Confederation set August 9 as the start of the domestic league, a move that has sparked opposition from regional authorities in light of the ongoing outbreak of the Corona virus. The local football championship of the state of Rio de Janeiro, was the first popular game competition to be resumed in Brazil, the second most affected country by "Covid-19" in terms of injuries around the world after the United States, with more than 65 thousand deaths, approximately 1, 6 million reported injuries.
The Governor of São Paulo State Joao Doria confirmed that the clubs affiliated with his state will not participate in the national championship before finishing the regional championships that have been suspended since mid-March, three stages before the end. "Concerning the Federation's decision to appeal on the ninth of (August), the government of the State of São Paulo was not consulted beforehand," he said at a press conference.
The state championship of Sao Paulo "Paulista" is the most famous of the regional championships in Brazil, as it includes five clubs participating in the first class in the national championship are Corinthians, Palmeiras, Santos, Sao Paulo and Bragantino and four in the second degree.
The Brazilian Federation reminded that "the clubs agreed to play outside their own regions and stadiums, and transfer their status as a host team to another city or state, in case their cities were not liberated before the start times of the competitions. This decision was taken during a vote approved by 19 clubs from the national championship, including In that state of São Paulo. "