Lionel Messi and La Liga stars get go ahead to resume play early next month
“The resumption of major professional sports competitions and, in particular, the La Liga will be allowed from the week of June 8,” Sanchez said in a televised speech to the nation.
The La Liga was suspended on March 12 following the quarantine of Real Madrid the same day following a positive test for coronavirus from one of the basketball players in the sports club.
Messi’s Barcelona have a slim two-point lead over rival Real, with 11 games remaining, and reacted to the news with a tweet from their talisman.
The lifting of restrictions has been welcomed by league president Javier Tebas, who has officially declared that a return to action on Friday June 12 would be the likely option for the teams.
“We are very happy with the decision, it is the result of the great work of the clubs, the players, the technicians … of the CSD (National Sports Council) and the agents involved,” he posted on Twitter.
“But we cannot lower our guard, it is important to comply with health regulations and to ensure that the pandemic does not come back.”
Matches behind closed doors
With a limited time, and with the best teams also having commitments in the Champions League and in the Europa League, this will mean that the teams will play midweek and on weekends.
All matches will be held behind closed doors and players will also be tested for coronavirus the day before matches and will have their temperature taken before being allowed to enter the stadiums.
Earlier this week, La Liga teams were able to develop into groups of up to 10 players during training sessions, after starting to work individually on the training grounds since May 4.
The German Bundesliga was the first of the major European leagues to restart last weekend, with the English Premier League and Italian Serie A due to resume at later dates.
All face financial pressures to restart competition, Tebas said the cancellation of the Spanish season would have cost his clubs about $ 1 billion in lost revenue.
The Spanish second flight Segunda division also received the green light to resume. Five unidentified players in the two main divisions tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this month, although they are asymptomatic and in the final stages of the disease.
Bayern hits five
Meanwhile, in the Bundesliga on Saturday, the leader of Bayern Munich was four points behind Borussia Dortmund with a 5-2 against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Allianz Arena.
Bayern sailed with a 3-0 halftime lead after goals from league goalscorer Leon Goretzka, Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Mueller, but after the break, Frankfurt defender Martin Hinteregger caught two goals quick response for the visitor.
Fast Bayern defender Alphonso Davies stifled the return with a fourth for the home team with Hinteregger completing his “ hat-trick ” with an unfortunate goal to complete the score.
Goals from Raphael Guerreiro and Achraf Hakimi sealed a 2-0 away win for Dortmund at Wolfsburg.
Dortmund welcome Bayern to a “Der Klassiker” clash at the top of the table on Tuesday.