La Liga return: Spanish government says league can resume in June; officials set target date

Spain’s La Liga has officially been given permission to resume in June, and we may be less than a month from seeing the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and others back on the pitch. On Saturday, Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said La Liga can return as early as June 8. On Sunday, La Liga president Javier Tebas said on Spanish television that the league will aim for a return to action on June 11 or 12. 

Tebas said that Real Betis vs. Sevilla could take place on June 11.

Much like what’s happening in Germany’s Bundesliga, games would be played without any fans in attendance and with strict protocols in order to ensure safety for all those involved. Teams in La Liga began group training over the last week. Sanchez stressed that the league can only resume as long as it does what is needed from a safety standpoint. 

La Liga has been stopped since March due to the coronavirus pandemic, with Spain being one of the worst-hit countries in Europe. 

In April, Tebas stressed the importance of La Liga returning due to the economic impact of having the season called off. 

“If we are looking at the economic impact, including the money we would get from European competitions, the revenue Spanish clubs would miss out on if we don’t get back playing again is €1 billion. If we do get playing but without spectators, it would be 300 million,” Tebas said.  “Even if we get back to playing with spectators, the damage this situation has already caused would be €150 million.”

La Liga teams have played 27 games so far, with each team having 11 games remaining to complete the 2019-20 campaign. Barcelona is currently in first place with 58 points, two points ahead of Real Madrid.

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