Spanish Football League ‘La Liga’ to resume from June 11 with Seville derby; new season to start from September
New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: After a halt of almost three months due to the coronavirus-mandated lockdown, the Spanish Football League La Liga will resume from June 11 with a Seville derby, the Spanish Sports Council confirmed on Saturday. The council also said that the 2020-2021 season will start on September 12.
The council released a statement saying that the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and La Liga had agreed the format for the 11 remaining rounds in the top two Spanish divisions. It said the season should be completed by July 19, "depending on the evolution of the pandemic."
The first match after the resumption of the league will take place between Real Betis and Seville on June 11, while the rest of the league return to action on the weekend of June 13 and 14.
"The important thing will be to know the end date of the 2019-20 season. The next one will start on September 12," La Liga president Javier Tebas said on Friday as reported by news agency AFP. "More than 130 people are currently working so that everything can be done in a new format: the travel, the organisation, everything," added Tebas.
The Spanish government last week gave La Liga the green light to resume from the week beginning June 8. The German Bundesliga has already played three rounds following its restart earlier this month, while the English Premier League and Italy's Serie A are also set to return in mid-June.
Barcelona led Real Madrid by two points at the top of the table when La Liga was halted in March. Tebas also said that television viewers would be able to choose whether to watch matches, which will all be played behind closed doors, with virtual sound effects added, an option that has caused debate among fans since the Bundesliga resumed.
"We want to offer an alternative for the fans - silence, or the virtualisation of the stands. The tests I have seen are interesting, but there will be both options," said Tebas.
(With Agency Inputs)
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