La Liga to return from June 8 after Spanish government gives green light for football to restart


On Saturday, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said that Spanish soccer’s top division La Liga can return to action from 8th June after being halted by the novel coronavirus pandemic situation across the globe.

All the organized football Leagues had been suspended since March 12, although the clubs in the top two divisions have returned to group training.

La Liga has not confirmed yet when it will be resumed but the president Javier Tebas had said previously he hoped the season could do so from June 12.

“Spain has done what it needed to do and now new horizons can open for everyone. The time has come to recover many of our daily activities. From June 8 La Liga will be able to return,” Sanchez said on Saturday.

“Spanish football has a huge following but it will not be the only recreation activity that will return.” he added.

Spain is one of the countries worst-affected by the coronavirus outbreak, with more than 28,000 deaths and more than 234,000 cases so far. But the death toll is declining then previously, only 56 deaths registered on Friday.

Spanish teams were allowed to return to training recently and have been working in groups of 10 this week, though they must continue to adhere to social distancing measures.

Barcelona sit top of La Liga with a two-point lead over challengers Real Madrid with 11 games left to play. At the other end, bottom side Espanyol are six points from safety while Leganes and Mallorca are scrambling for a way out of the relegation zone.


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