La Liga given all-clear to resume season after three-month break

Elias Hubbard
May 23, 2020

"From 8 June, LaLiga will be able to return", Sanchez said in an address to the nation today.

"Of course, play will resume under conditions that guarantee the maximum health security for all the competitors", Sanchez said.

There has been no play in the top tier since March 12 due to the coronavirus crisis. We now just have to wait for the games but I'm very happy. "But we can not lower our guard. It is important to follow health regulations and ensure the pandemic doesn't come back".

Messi's Barcelona has a slender two-point lead over arch-rival Real with 11 rounds of fixtures remaining and reacted to the news with a tweet of its talisman.

Spanish teams were allowed to return to training recently and have been working in groups of 10 this week.

La Liga president Javier Tebas said earlier this week he was "excited" about the prospect of matches returning. They were to be allowed to resume practicing after testing negative in two consecutive tests.

All are facing financial pressures to begin competition again, with Tebas having said that the cancellation of the Spanish season would have cost its clubs around a billion dollars in lost revenues. While fans will not be permitted to attend games the LFP and the AFE players' union are keen to end the season before August, when the Champions League is slated to be completed.

The league has said the total losses for not finishing the season because of the pandemic could reach almost 1 billion euros (US$1.1 billion).

The top Czech league will resume tonight after a two-month break, with Teplice to host Slovan Liberec in a match that will include pre-kickoff temperature checks and other protective measures.

Spain is one of the countries worst-affected by the outbreak, with more than 28,000 deaths and more than 234,000 cases of infection diagnosed.

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