La Liga can resume week of June 8 - Spanish Prime Minister

Lionel Messi and Barcelona have been given permission to restart La Liga next month

Lionel Messi and Barcelona have been given permission to restart La Liga next month

La Liga can resume from 8 June, says Spain's prime minister Pedro Sanchez.

Lionel Messi's Barcelona and the rest of the Spanish league can resume play in June after three months of waiting for the coronavirus pandemic to subside. "From 8 June, LaLiga will be able to return", Sanchez said in an address to the nation today. We now just have to wait for the games but I'm very happy.

La Liga clubs are now training in small groups of up to 10 people, having initially returned to individual training in early May.

Players will also undergo tests for coronavirus the day before games and will have their temperatures taken before being allowed to enter stadiums. Reigning champions Barcelona lead Real Madrid by two points in the title race.

"In the match environment, infection is practically impossible because we have carried out a study that we will present that shows the smallest risk is in matches if everyone respects the medical protocol", Tebas said earlier this month. They were all without symptoms and recovering from the disease, according to the league.

Meanwhile, Portugal's Primeira Liga will offer its followers a feast of summer football when it resumes on 3 June, with matches to be played nearly every day according to a new fixture list the league released today.

All are facing financial pressures to begin competition again, with Tebas having said that the cancellation of the Spanish season would have cost its clubs around a billion dollars in lost revenues.

The league has said the total losses for not finishing the season because of the pandemic could reach almost 1 billion euros (US$1.1 billion). The health situation, however, has improved in recent weeks as a strict government lockdown that has closed stores and kept people indoors greatly reduced the spread of the virus.

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