La Liga Given Green Light to Restart on June 8
Spain’s prime minister Pedro Sanchez has confirmed that La Liga is going to be liberal to resume from June 8.”The time has come to resume many daily activities,” he said during a speech on Saturday. “From June 8, La Liga will return. Spanish football has a huge following.”
A source at La Liga has told ESPN that a selected date will be announced within the coming days, with June 12 remaining their target to restart the 2019-20 season.
The league’s preferred option has been June 12, with the derby between Sevilla and Real Betis expected to be the first game played.
“The Spanish government has given the green light for the return of professional sport as of June 8, following guidelines from the Ministry of Health,” La Liga tweeted on Saturday.
Spain has seen over 230,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and quite 28,000 deaths since the pandemic began. The 2019-20 La Liga season has been suspended since March 12 when a state of emergency was declared within the country.
Players were forced to coach reception until a gradual relaxation of lockdown restrictions began earlier this month. Initially, individual workouts were permitted at training grounds, before Spain’s 42 first- and second-division clubs began group training sessions — with up to 10 players interacting — in the week.
The next stage will involve full training, during which players will be ready to replicate match situations and work on tactics for the first time. La Liga has already circulated a draft protocol to clubs detailing safety measures for matches, which can be held behind closed doors.
ESPN has been told that it’s likely to stay the case until 2021. The league’s target of a June 12 return has partly been thanks to fears of compensation claims from TV rights holders if the competition’s suspension lasts any more. There has been some dissent from players and coaches, which involves longer to organize for competitive action to scale back the danger of injury.