La Liga President hoping for J...

Sport

La Liga President hoping for June 12th restart in Spain

Phil Egan
Phil Egan

01:13 11 May 2020


Share this article


La Liga president Javier Tebas hopes the top flight in Spain can restart on June 12th and that there would be matches every day until the end of the season. 

Football has been on hold in Spain since March due to the coronavirus and La Liga started testing players last week in order to move closer to a return.

However, the league confirmed over the weekend that five players had tested positive for COVID-19 across the top two divisions in Spain.

Tebas told Spanish television network Movistar: "I’d like to restart on June 12 but we have to be prudent and it’s not just up to football, it’s also up to society, we all need to focus on complying with measures to protect health.

"The risk during games will be zero, or practically zero, because the players will be tested – with only a 5% possible failure rate – 24 hours before."

The five unnamed players who tested positive are asymptomatic and in isolation.

Three staff members also tested positive for the virus but Tebas said the number of cases was far lower than expected, insisting there would be no increase in the risk of players getting infected once matches started.

“We were expecting around 25 or 30 based on the numbers in the Bundesliga and how much the virus has penetrated Spain. Out of 2,500 people tested we have only eight positive cases, which is good news.

"Infection during a match is practically impossible as we have done a study which we’re releasing which will show there is a minimum risk in matches if we all respect the health measures."

The games will be played behind closed doors but Tebas said that La Liga have a few ideas to add to the atmosphere.

"Now that we are not going to have fans in the stadiums we are going to have some innovative ideas for broadcasting the games."

Spain has been one of the worst hit countries in Europe, with more than 25,000 deaths recorded.


Share this article


Read more about

Barcelona Coronavirus Javier Tebas La Liga Spain

You might like

Live: Title

Description

Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share

Next up on queue

Title
Description
Duration

There are currently no podcasts in the queue

Go to podcasts

On Air

The Sound of the City at Night

The Sound of the City at Night

00:00-07:00

Share

Up next

98FM'S Big Breakfast with Rebe...

98FM'S Big Breakfast with Rebecca and Brendan

07:00-10:00

Share

Dublin Talks with Adrian & Jer...

Dublin Talks with Adrian & Jeremy

10:00-12:00

Share

The Sound of the City with Bar...

The Sound of the City with Barry Dunne

12:00-16:00

Share

The Big Ride Home With Brian M...

The Big Ride Home With Brian Maher

16:00-19:00

Share

The Fix with Ciaran O'Connor

The Fix with Ciaran O'Connor

19:00-22:00

Share

The Sound of the City at Night...

The Sound of the City at Night with Karl Dawson

22:00-00:00

Share

The Sound of the City at Night

The Sound of the City at Night

00:00-07:00

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on