La Liga Resume Training: Spanish soccer has edged closer to returning after a long pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic after La Liga president Javier Tebas confirmed clubs in the top two divisions will begin training in groups of up to 10 players from Monday.
The return to group training follows a government announcement on Saturday allowing sports teams to return to activity regardless of the status of the lockdown in their own region.
Previously, only teams from regions that were in phase one of the de-escalation of the national state of emergency would be able to return to training in groups. The provinces of Madrid and Barcelona are currently in phase zero.
All organised soccer in Spain has been indefinitely suspended since March 12, with Tebas previously warning that clubs would lose up to one billion euros if the season was not allowed to be completed.
Clubs began individual training earlier this month and the next step will be for them to move to full training before resuming matches without spectators, which must first be approved by the government’s department for health.
Tebas reaffirmed that he hopes matches will start up again from June 12 and said he was feeling even more optimistic about being able to complete the season after the Bundesliga became the first major European league to resume action this weekend.
LA LIGA PRESIDENT, JAVIER TEBAS, SAYING: (OFFICIAL TRANSLATION)
“It was laid out in yesterday’s (Saturday, May 16) Ministerial Order and it will be good to be able to set all training routines on an equal footing. It’s very important that every club has the same chance to be in good shape.
It’s not essential, but it’s very important and we’re grateful that it will be like that. It will affect all sports, not just football. It’s particularly important for basketball as it will allow training sessions to go ahead in line with what the government dictates.”
“When each autonomous community moves from one de-escalation phase to another, that’s when people will have more contact with each other, and we have to be very careful.
It’s at this stage that we all must be very careful and focused on sticking to the health measures, when we go home, when we’re with other people. It’s practically impossible to get infected while training. With all the safety measures and precautions, we’ve put in place, it’s practically impossible.”
“The ideal is date is the one that the Spanish health authorities determine. I’d like it to be as soon as possible, of course, but we don’t have a set date. We must wait on the health authorities.
Everyone wants to train for longer. I’ve heard all kinds of different theories, but it will be when the health authorities allow us, and we hope it will be as soon as possible in the time frames we’re working on.
We’re working to restart LaLiga from June 12 onwards, but it will be up to the health authorities to tell us when we can start.”
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