The Spanish League was formally permitted to start in June, so we could be less than a month away from big teams like Barcelona, Real Madrid, and others out on the field.
Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Saturday that the League can return as early as 8 June. Also, on Sunday, La Liga’s president Javier Tebas said on Spanish television that the League will be aiming for a return to action on June 11th or 12th. La Liga players began training in groups of no more than 10 this week. Javier Tebas also said that Real Betis vs. Sevilla could begin the league after the pandemic on June 11th.
As in the case of the German Bundesliga, games will be played without any spectators present and with stringent procedures to guarantee the health of all those concerned. Pedro emphasized that the league will only reopen as long as it ensures what is required from a health point of view.
La Liga has been suspended since March as a consequence of the COVID 19 pandemic, with Spain becoming one of the hardest affected countries in Europe after Italy.
Sanchez also said, Spanish football has a massive follow-up, but it’s not the only sporting activity that’s going to come back. The Spanish second division is also set to begin at about the same time as that of the top league, with reports in Spain proposing that the derby between Sevilla and Real Betis would be the first La Liga game to take place.
In the month of April, Tebas also emphasized the importance of La Liga ‘s return due to the financial impact of the season cut due to the COVID 19 pandemic.
When we look at the economic effect, and the income we would receive from European tournaments, the amount that Spanish teams will forfeit if we don’t get ready to play again is € 1 billion. If we get to play, but without the spectators, it would be 300 million, “Tebas said.” Even if we get back to play with the spectators, the damage that this situation has already caused would be 150 million euros.
So far, La Liga clubs have completed 27 games, with each team having 11 games left to finish the 2019-20 season. Barcelona in first place with 58 points, two points ahead of Real Madrid.
Meanwhile, the Portuguese League will start on 3 June, with Portimonense vs. Gil Vicente starting the league again and Famalicao welcoming Porto’s representatives.