Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has given Spain’s professional football league, La liga, the green light to resume from June 8th albeit behind closed doors.
The Prime Minister told reporters, “The resumption of major professional sporting competitions and in particular La Liga will be allowed from the week of June 8”.
The announcement by the Prime Minister means that LaLiga may become the second league of Europe’s ‘Big Five’ professional football leagues to resume, after Germany’s Bundesliga restarted last week.
The Premier League could return on 12th June or 19th June while Italy’s Serie A could follow on 15 June. The French Ligue 1 season could not be completed with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) being declared winners.
The Spanish top flight league had been halted since March 12th due to the Coronavirus pandemic in the country, having played 27 games so far and with 11 rounds of fixtures yet to be played.
By the time of the suspension, Barcelona was at the top of the league standings leading Real Madrid by two points who are followed by Sevilla who are 11 points behind. At the bottom of the table, Real Mallorca, Leganes and Espanyol are battling relegation.
La liga chairman, Javier Tebas, had said that he wanted the league to resume on June 12th even though there has not been an official statement from La liga. This however seems to be possible with the government’s go ahead.
Players in the top two division leagues, La liga and Segunda Division had returned to individual training in early May after taking tests for the coronavirus. La liga has since stepped up its resumption efforts by allowing training in groups of not more than 10 players.
The league president said that they are very happy for the decision. He noted that it is the result of the great work of clubs, players, technicians, CSD (National Sports Council) and agents involved.
Since the global coronavirus pandemic outbreak, Spain has so far been among the worst-affected countries with more than 28,000 deaths and over 234,000 confirmed cases of infection.