Friday, 05 June, 2020

Resumption date for Spanish top-flight league finally revealed

Lionel Messi and his Barceloa teammates take part in a training session at Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper earlier this week Spain Prime Minister Announces Return Date For LaLiga
Deanna Wagner | 24 May, 2020, 00:30

It came as welcome news for his country's battered tourism industry which makes up 12 per cent of Spain's GDP.

"The resumption of major professional sporting competitions and, in particular, La Liga will be allowed from the week of June 8", Sanchez said in a televised address to the nation.

Germany's Bundesliga returned to action last weekend and plans are ongoing for the Premier League to resume in June, dubbed Project Restart.

The prime minister stressed that Spanish football is very popular, but it will not be the only recreational activity that Spain will recover.

Spain's top flight has been suspended since 10 March 2020 when Eibar took on Real Sociedad due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced Saturday that the soccer league in Spain will be allowed to resume from June 8.

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La Liga has yet to officially confirm a date on which it will resume, although president Javier Tebas had said previously he hoped the season could do so from June 12. The French Ligue 1 season has been declared over. "It is the result of the great work of clubs, players, coaches, CSD (National Sports Council) and agents".

"But it's very important to follow the health regulations and to respect the evolution of the pandemic, we can't lower our guard".

Spain has been heavily impacted by the coronavirus pandemic with more than 28,000 confirmed deaths and almost 282,000 cases. But the daily death toll has been steadily declining, with only 56 deaths registered on Friday.

The La Liga title race was one to keep an eye on prior to suspension of football as Barcelona and Real Madrid engaged in a fierce two-horse race.

Porto lead the 18-team table with 60 points from 24 matches, one ahead of bitter rivals Benfica, with Braga a further 13 points adrift in third. The losses if the league resumes with matches in empty stadiums would be about 300 million euros.