LaLiga return from coronavirus break gives Real Madrid shot at chasing down Barcelona for the title
The task of salvaging the football season in the country with the third highest death toll from Covid-19 in Europe has always looked a huge one but Spain’s LaLiga took a big step on Saturday when the Spanish Government announced it could restart in the second week of June.
As well as meaning Barcelona and Real Madrid will be able to resume their title race in three weeks, it also means LaLiga should now avoid financial penalties from television companies.
Forfeitures written into TV contracts were due to come into effect if football stayed off television screens for more than 90 days and with LaLiga inactive since March 12 that date was looming.
LaLiga President Javier Tebas tweeted: ‘We are very pleased with the decision, it is the result of the great work of the clubs, players, coaches, CSD (Spanish Sports Council) and agents.
‘But it is important to follow health regulations so evolution of the pandemic stays under control. We can't drop our guard.’
Earlier Saturday Real Madrid winger Vinicius had admitted that at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic he feared the season would be never be finished.
‘There were moments when the crisis was so huge and the number of deaths so high it seemed impossible that football, or any other activity, could return in just a matter of months,’ he said reflecting the beliefs of many players in Spain.
‘But in time we began to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Now I am convinced we ...
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