La Liga has been given the go-ahead to restart from 8 June, Spain’s prime minister has announced.
The Spanish top-flight was suspended on 12 March because of coronavirus.
With 11 rounds of fixtures still to play, the league stepped up its preparations for a resumption this week as group training of up to 10 players was allowed.
La Liga will confirm a return date in the coming days and its president Javier Tebas welcomed the announcement from Pedro Sanchez.
He tweeted: “We are very happy with the decision, it is the result of the great work of clubs, players, coaches.
“CSD [National Sports Council] and agents were involved. But it is very important to follow the sanitary precautions and respect the evolution of the pandemic, we cannot lower our guard.”
Following the news Real Madrid, who are currently two points behind league leaders Barcelona, simply posted: “Long live La Liga.”
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The Segunda Division – Spain’s second tier – has also been cleared to resume on the same date.
Five unnamed players across the top two divisions tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month although they were asymptomatic and in the final phase of the disease.
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In England, the Premier League has identified 12 or 19 June as a possible restart date.
Players are in phase one of “project restart”, which means they are still practising social distancing before they are given the green light to resume full contact training.
Germany’s Bundesliga was the first European league to resume play on 16 May, but with no fans.
Source : Sky News