Madrid, May 23 (efe-epa).- Spain’s LaLiga is to resume from the week of 8 June, when the majority of Spanish provinces are scheduled to have entered the final phases of de-escalation.
Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced the news on Saturday during a telematic speech in which he said that the return of the football competition had the endorsement of the National Sports Council and the Ministries of Health and Culture and Sport.
“The government and ministry of health have given green light for the professional football league to start again. From the week of 8 June, LaLiga will return,” Sánchez said.
“The ball will obviously roll again whilst assuring the maximum health security for participants,” he added.
The PM said it was time to “get back many of the day to day activities” people had had to put off due to the pandemic.
Sánchez also added that football would not be the only sport resuming activities from 8 June, since other professional leagues and competitions would also return on a date on which the majority of provinces in the country are expected to be in phase three of the government’s de-escalation plan.
LaLiga’s president Javier Tebas welcomed the government’s decision to authorise the resumption of the Spanish championship although he warned: “We cannot let our guard down.”
“We are very happy with the decision, it is the result of the great work of clubs, players, coaches … National Sports Council and agents involved,” Tebas wrote in Spanish on his official Twitter account.
“But it is very important to follow health regulations and for the evolution of the pandemic to respect us, we cannot let our guard down.”
The National Sports Council also welcomed the decision.
“Professional competitions are back. From the week of 8 June and thanks to the responsibility of all parties involved in the sports field, always under the guidance of @sanidadgob. All words are unnecessary, except one: THANK YOU,” the council wrote on Twitter.
“Many people have worked hard for this,” the thread said, giving “special thanks”, to other organizations such as the Spanish Football Federation, LaLiga, AFE, Health and Culture.
Different Spanish teams also used their Twitter accounts to celebrate the news, like the capital’s Real Madrid, which posted a photo of the team with a full stadium and wrote “@LaLiga set to return”.
Spanish football fans have been without the game since the second week of March, when the entire country was forced into confinement to fight the spread of coronavirus, which has left more than 28,600 dead in the Mediterranean nation.
The return of LaLiga is to pick up where it was left off, on matchday 28 and with 11 games left to go. EFE/EPA