Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has given the notice that the Spanish La Liga can resume but all games will be played behind closed doors. The date given by the Prime Minister to resume is the 8 of June. Meanwhile, Portugal’s Primeira Liga is also set to resume on the 3rd of June, with Portimonense against Gil Vicente and Famalicao hosting leaders Porto. Should they resume on the said date they will be the second league in Europe to resume after German Bundesliga.
The league’s president Javier Tebas had earlier said he had hoped the Spanish La Liga would restart on 12th of June, but he has come up with a new date which is the 8th of June. The Spanish La Liga management is however yet to confirm the actual restart date.
Spanish La Liga players started group training last week, they are permitted to train in groups of no more than 10 for now. According to the Prime Minister, he said: “Spain has done what it should and now new horizons are opening for everyone.” “The time has come to bring back many day-to-day activities,” the prime minister added.
“From 8 June, La Liga will be back. Spanish football has a huge following but it will not be the only recreational activity that will return.” The Spanish second division is also set to resume at the same time as the top flight, with reports in Spain suggesting the derby between Sevilla and Real Betis will be the first La Liga game to take place.
Javier Tebas said: “We are very pleased with the decision,” “It is the result of the great work of clubs, players, coaches, CSD (National Sports Council) and agents.” “But we cannot lower our guard, it is important to follow health regulations and ensure the pandemic doesn’t come back.”
The players in the top two divisions were only able to return to individual training in early May after being tested for the virus. Five players tested positive for to the coronavirus across Spain’s top two divisions and went into isolation prior to the first phase of group training being allowed from 18 May. La Liga teams have 11 games to play this season, with leaders Barcelona two points ahead of Real Madrid at the top of the division.