The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, announced this Saturday in his weekly appearance on the coronavirus crisis that LaLiga will resume from Monday, June 8, the week that Javier Tebas, president of the employers, had indicated in public as his preference (most likely, the matches will start from Friday the 12th). “With the endorsement of the Ministry of Health and the Higher Sports Council, the green light has been given for the professional football league to be held again, starting the week of June 8,” announced the Spanish president. CSD sources report that Sánchez’s desired communication has been outlined in recent days. The key was in the data of the evolution of the pandemic during the week. The decrease in deaths and infections accelerated the process.
The fact that Sánchez put the starting point in the week of June 8 is because one day later, the first game to be played that is being played is Rayo Vallecano-Albacete, suspended on his day at rest by the chants against visiting player Zozulia. The First Division would open on Friday June 12 with the derby between Betis and Sevilla. Euphoria reigned among the leaders of professional football. “We are very happy with the decision, it is the result of the great work of clubs, players, coaches … CSD and agents involved. But it is very important to follow health regulations and that the evolution of the pandemic respects us, we cannot let our guard down, ”Javier Tebas, president of LaLiga, wrote on his social networks.
The employers and the majority footballers union, AFE, had already met this Friday to fine-tune the return of the competition, aiming for that date, although always awaiting the approval of the Ministry of Health. Before the green light to resume the 11 remaining days of the league championship, the clubs and footballers awaited the authorization of the department of Salvador Illa to recover training sessions with the entire group this Monday, now without the limit of 10 players per exercise .
This Saturday’s announcement by the Prime Minister that LaLiga can go further and lay the groundwork to outline a schedule for the remainder of the championship. The dispute between LaLiga and the Spanish Federation on whether it will be possible to play matches on Mondays is pending resolution. The details of the concentrations for health reasons of the footballers have not yet been resolved, still very reticent that these confinements in hotels or sports facilities last for weeks. Once the date of the start of the league championship is known, the employers and the union will meet next week to try to approach positions.
The Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, announces the return of La Liga. efe / epv
The return of professional football is a relief for the clubs, which estimated losses of around 1,000 million euros if the ball did not roll again to conclude this season. With the closed-door dispute of the 11 days remaining to be played, the loss of income calculated by LaLiga is reduced to 300 million euros.
The Government’s decision has been influenced by the favorable evolution of the pandemic, the exhausted work of LaLiga to guarantee an effective health protocol and the famous Pact of Viana. Since professional football agreed to inject 200 million euros into Spanish sport for the next four years on April 19, the process of returning to competition accelerated. Health and the Higher Sports Council (CSD) validated the employer’s health protocol, massive tests were allowed while the players began individualized training and equipment installed in phase zero of de-escalation was allowed to pass to training in groups of 10 people. The CSD itself also attributed to soccer the ability to improve the mental health of the population. In a document from the government body, reference was made to the fact that “soccer represents approximately 1.4% of GDP, and some 185,000 jobs (direct, indirect and induced). In the postcovid era, football must become the locomotive of sport, but since there will be no public resources for all, the only private collaborator that could contribute is football: it is important to take care of this role as a partner in solving the crisis in the sector “
After the start of the Bundesliga last week, consulted LaLiga sources consider it key from a commercial point of view that the Spanish championship resumes before the English Premier League and Seria A, with dates still to be determined.