La Liga Set to Resume On June 8th
The Spanish soccer league is set to restart on June 8th after receiving clearance to do so, albeit behind closed doors.
Football in the Spanish top tier was suspended on March 12th and the country suffered significantly during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic but it appears the nation is now ready to resume their sporting calendar.
Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced the imminent restart, stating;
“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,” said Sanchez.
“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 decision was welcomed by La Liga president Javier Tebas;
“We are very pleased with the decision,” said Tebas. “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.”
Players in the top two divisions of the Spanish soccer pyramid returned to individual training earlier this month, five players tested positive for coronavirus since players returned, and all of those affected are now self-isolating.
Barcelona lead La Liga by just two points from arch rival Real Madrid with 11 matches left to play. The Portuguese Primeira Liga will resume on June 3rd
The German Bundesliga was the first of Europe’s elite leagues to return to action when all clubs got back underway last week and the likes of Serie A and the English Premier League are also looking likely to return in the coming weeks.