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LaLiga indefinitely suspended due to coronavirus

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) is determined to save this season even if a resumption at the start of May appears unlikely, says President Luis Rubiales.

LaLiga, along with the rest of the major leagues in European football, has been put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, with no games played in the Spanish top tier since Real Sociedad won 2-1 at Eibar on March 10.

March 27, 2020 —

An indefinite suspension of the 2019-20 campaign was announced on this week amid the ongoing crisis in Spain, while UEFA has announced that both the Europa League and Champions League finals will not take place as originally planned at the end of May.

Spain has been hit hard by the outbreak of COVID-19, suffering over 3,000 deaths and more than 47,000 cases of the virus reported.

“The 19-20 season has to end with the same rules and not change, although the situation is exceptional. I cannot guarantee that the competition will end, as others have risked saying, before June 30. It is unfair that the competition ends with the classification as it is now.”

Luis Rubiales, President, RFEF

Luis Rubiales on Wednesday revealed there is the possibility of extending the season beyond the scheduled finish to make sure all matches are played, rather than cutting short the campaign.

This would be an extraordinary situation, since player contracts in Spain, and most of Europe, terminate on June 30th in connection with the opening of the primary transfer window. In many cases, a short-term contract extension would have to be entered into in order to keep squads complete while the season is finished.

“The priority is to complete the season,” he said at a press conference. “We can’t just relegate teams now. Teams have to be promoted by right.

“There are hundreds of teams waiting to complete the season. When the country recovers, that will be the moment to complete the current season.

“Let’s hope I’m mistaken and that we can play at the start of May. I don’t think that’ll be possible, but I’d love to be proved wrong, we’ll have to extend the calendar.

“The objective is to save this season. That’s our idea.”

However, Rubiales also confirmed RFEF remain cautious over discussing any potential return date during such “an extreme time” for the country.

“We are working on every scenario possible, but we don’t want to play predictor. We have to be very cautious and rigorous,” Rubiales told the media.

“We are living an extreme time, with many deaths. We have never put a deadline to restart playing and we will not be doing now.

“We believe the deadline should be health, integrity and safety. Mainly when the country takes back the normal situation.”

With this summer’s Euro 2020 Tournament postponed to next summer, the dates that torunament would have been played have opened up for domestic leagues to use. But as Rubiales correctly points out, it really all depends on how the pandemic and resulting emergency plays out over the next month or so that will be the deciding factor.

«Las competiciones se tienen que finalizar y, a ser posible, antes del 30 de junio. Sin embargo, esa fecha no es infranqueable y si es necesario que haya partidos después, así se hará. Vamos a luchar para que haya una justicia, una igualdad y una homogeneidad en nuestra competición; para que todos los equipos puedan disputar sus partidos y así, haya una clasificación acorde a lo que tiene que ser: ganada en el campo», explicó Rubiales.

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