President of La Liga Javier Tebas Suggests Restart Dates for League

VALENCIA, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 02: Borja Mayoral of Levante UD scores his team's second goal past Marc-Andre ter Stegen of FC Barcelona during the Liga match between Levante UD and FC Barcelona at Ciutat de Valencia on November 02, 2019 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

While football and other sporting events are shut down, for the time being, the President of La Liga has stepped forward and spoken of the possibility of the league restarting as soon as May 28. Javier Tebas said that while training will not return until emergency measures are lifted in Spain, those restrictions are only in place for the moment until April 26. Games have not been played in Spain since March 11 when Atletico Madrid defeated Liverpool, knocking them out of the Champions League.

If the current campaign for La Liga is called off, then Tebas says it could see clubs lose €1 billion. Therefore, three different start dates are under discussion with UEFA, with the most probable possibilities for the restart of games being May 28, June 6 or June 28. While an exact date cannot be given by anyone, for the time being, Tebas mentioned that authorities in Spain would provide more information. However, prior to that time, the clubs have the time to get back to training to prepare themselves for the resumption of matches.

It’s not only the sporting events themselves that have suffered from being cancelled, but sports betting as well. Obviously, this relies on events taking place for people to participate in placing bets, so the likelihood is that they will also be looking forward to the return of La Liga action. Once it does, you can benefit from a Betfair promo code, which allows you to receive a bonus of up to €100 upon making your initial deposit of at least €10. You can then bet on La Liga and various other sports as you so desire with such.

Games May Continue Without Supporters

The likelihood is that if games do resume by any of the aforementioned dates, that stadiums won’t welcome supporters into seats to witness them begin with. The domestic campaign of La Liga still has 11 rounds of matches to play, and Tebas is not contemplating a failure in completing it.

VALLADOLID, SPAIN – OCTOBER 06: Alvaro Morata of Club Atletico de Madrid is tackled by Mohammed Salisu of Real Valladolid CF during the Liga match between Real Valladolid CF and Club Atletico de Madrid at Jose Zorrilla on October 06, 2019 in Valladolid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

“If we are looking at the economic impact, including the money we would get from European competitions, the revenue Spanish clubs would miss out on if we don’t get back playing again is 1bn euros. If we do get playing, but without spectators, it would be 300m”, the President of La Liga said.

UEFA meanwhile, has urged individual leagues not to follow in the footsteps of Belgium by scrapping competitions altogether. It also warned that if they do, they stand the risk of not being able to enter next season’s European competition as a result.

Tebas went on to speak of two separate strategies that are currently in the works, with one involving domestic league matches being played at weekends and European and general cup competitions in midweek. The second option is for blocks of fixtures to be played, with domestic competitions coming to a finish in June and July, prior to European games playing out in July and August.

“If [other leagues] can start, they should”, Tebas said of the possibility that some leagues may end up beginning before others. Of course, he was also careful to ensure that he didn’t mention anything about the date by which the 2019-20 season must come to an end.

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