Good times are here again for lovers of football and followers of the Spanish football leagues as Spain’s Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, has given the nod for the La Liga to resume from June 8.
Javier Tebas, the league’s president, said that although La Liga is yet to confirm a restart date, he had hoped Spain’s top flight would restart on 12 June.
However, players in the Spanish topflight have started training in groups of no more than 10 at the start of the week.
The Prime Minster stated:
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.
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 Spanish second division is also set to resume at the same time as the top flight, with reports in Spain suggesting the derby between Sevilla and Real Betis will be the first La Liga game to take place.
The league president said:
We are very pleased with the decision.
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.
Football in Spain was suspended on 12 March following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic which spread to western Europe claiming thousands of lives including that of the mother of former FC Barcelona Pep Guardiola.
The players in the top two divisions were only able to return to individual training in early May after being tested for the virus.
Five players tested positive for the virus across Spain’s top two divisions and went into isolation prior to the first phase of group training which began from 18 May.