LaLiga restart: Spanish prime minister gives green light for top-flight football to return on June 8

LaLiga is set to resume on June 8 after Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez gave the green light for football to return next month.

Spain’s top-flight will become the second major league to restart, with fixtures already back under way in Germany’s Bundesliga.

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Players have returned to training in Spain
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The Spanish top-flight was suspended on March 12 because of coronavirus but the league stepped up its preparations for a resumption as group training of up to 10 players was allowed at the start of the week.

Each team has 11 fixtures still to play in LaLiga, which will confirm a return date in the coming days although the league’s president has stated June 12 is an option.

“The resumption of major professional sporting competitions and, in particular, LaLiga will be allowed from the week of June 8,” Sanchez said.

LaLiga president Javier Tebas has been desperate to follow the Bundesliga’s lead and get the Spanish top-flight back under way as soon as possible.

 

The Seville derby, between Sevilla and Real Betis, is likely to be the first game back, despite concerns over the government lifting lockdown region by region.

Sevilla sporting director Monchi told Football Espana: “There is no better way for LaLiga to return than this derby.

“It will be one more incentive, as we are all looking forward to football returning and that first match will be magnificent.”

Like in Germany, extensive plans are being put in place, with strict testing and quarantine rules for both players and officials before fixtures.

Spain has been one of the world’s worst-affected nations during the coronavirus pandemic, with over 234,000 cases and 28,628 fatalities so far.


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