MIAMI, Fla. — (10 May 2020) La Liga’s plan to finish the championship against all odds continues. Spanish football now has a date marked in red on the calendar. It is the 12th June, the day in which La Liga intends to resume the championship. They have reportedly already advised clubs of the good news.
Thus, barring any unforeseen circumstances, in approximately one month, football will be underway again.
The majority of clubs have resumed training, and those that haven’t will do so imminently.
Under the plans, there will be about two months to finish the season, with August reserved for the UEFA Champions League and Europa League.
However, when asked about when exactly the competition could return, LaLiga president Javier Tebas seemingly contradicted this, instead offering that nothing has been decided yet.
“The health authorities will have to approve the return of football, we have the obligation to return to economic activities after the damage we’ve already suffered,” Tebas insisted. “Nobody knows [the exact date], it will depend on possible outbreaks and if rules are followed, the virus is still there. The “estado de alarma” continues to be in effect across Spain, with the initial steps towards deconfinement slowly being rolled out in various parts of the country.
“If it can be June 12, that’s better.”Javier Tebas
He also confirmed that LaLiga Smartbank (the second division) will return at the same time.
“LaLiga Smartbank will start at the same time as LaLiga Santander, the promotion stage will be played because we can use the dates where European competitions will be played,” Tebas explained.
However, there will be no fans present and he insisted that LaLiga is working on finding a solution. “We won’t have fans in the stadium but we’re planning for new situations so that fans can enjoy games from home,” he said.
Initial Tests on Players
Following an initial round of testing in LaLiga, encompassing the top two divisions of Spanish football, only five players have tested positive for the coronavirus. Among the five players to have tested positive for the virus are Granada midfielder Yangel Herrera, Real Sociedad goalkeeper Alex Remiro and Atletico Madrid left-back Renan Lodi; they will quarantine at home.
Tebas sees this as good news: “We expected 25-30 positive tests, it’s good news for the football industry and Spanish society that there are eight positives, including non-footballers, among 2,500 tests.”
11 weeks, 2 months
There are eleven weeks to be played to finish the season. With almost two months to complete that, it would means playing the remaining eleven matchdays at a rate of two games per week. Daily games will be played from Tuesday to Thursday, and at weekends, from Friday to Sunday. The only day without football would be Monday.
Spanish media outlet AS reported that the clubs have put aside their differences to pursue the common good, which for LaLiga means being able to finish the season in order to preserve television revenues. Among the potential differences is the issue of player contracts.
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