Tebas sets date for start of next LaLiga campaign
Javier Tebas, the president of LaLiga, has said the Spanish league is planning to start its delayed 2020-21 season on 12 September.
The current campaign was suspended in March, with 11 rounds of matches still to go, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic but, following government approval, is set to resume, behind closed doors, with the local derby between Sevilla and Real Betis on 11 June.
The late finish to this season will necessarily impact on the next campaign.
Tebas (pictured) told Marca today: “The important thing will be to know the end date of the 2019-20 season. The next one will start on September 12. God willing, we will restart on June 11. We are waiting for Madrid and Barcelona to move onto phase two [of easing of lockdown rules]."
He said that, with spectators excluded from matches, television viewers would be able to choose whether to watch matches with virtual sound effects added.
The league and its rights partner Mediapro also announced that matches for the remainder of the 2019-20 season will be shown for free in nursing homes throughout Spain via a LaLigaTVBar, the channel dedicated to cafes, bars, restaurants and public places.
Barcelona were two points clear of arch-rivals Real Madrid at the top of the table when the season was halted.
If all goes to plan, LaLiga will be the second of the five major European league to resume, following Germany's Bundesliga, with England's Premier League and Italy's Serie A set to return in the second half of June.
However, France's Ligue 1 terminated its season after the country's government banned major sporting events until September.