European football faced an indefinite suspension after the novel Coronavirus pandemic caused world sports to come to a complete halt. Many top tier football leagues faced multiple postponements, and even in cases such as the French Ligue 1 or the Dutch Eredivise, their entire season has been cancelled. However, La Liga has announced to resume training this week, and has plans to restart the ongoing season in June.
Spain has been one of the worst hit countries in the COVID-19 crisis, with more than 219,000 confirmed positive cases and a death toll of 25,613, fourth highest in the world.
However, Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez recently proposed a new strategy to restore normalcy in the locked down country, which includes lifting the halt on sports activities in the country.
After the 2019-20 season’s suspension back on 12th March, all La Liga clubs are said to restart training next week, an official statement from the league confirmed on Monday.
“La Liga clubs return to training this week following the approval by the Ministry of Health of the return to sports training,” the statement read.
However, the full squad of every single club will have to undergo COVID-10 testing before they can head for the training grounds.
“In accordance with the Return to Training Protocol that LaLiga has developed with medical experts, individual training of professional players from LaLiga Santander and LaLiga SmartBank (Spain’s second tier) is starting, once clubs have carried out medical tests.”
After 27 match days, Barcelona currently sit on top of the league table, with 58 points, two more than Real Madrid in 2nd.
“The return of football is a sign that society is progressing to the new normal,” Javier Tebas, the president of La Liga recently said, “it will also bring back an element of life that people in Spain and all over the world know and love.”
“These circumstances do not have precedents, but we hope to start playing again in June and end our 2019-20 season this summer. To come back is to win!” Tebas added.