The Coronavirus pandemic which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan has spread all over the world. It has already claimed over 53,000 lives worldwide while infecting more than a million people. The whole world is mourning right now.
All the major football leagues around the globe have been suspended as a result the clubs and the leagues are facing financial loses. LaLiga will lose around €1 billion if the 2019-20 season is declared ‘null and void’.
La Liga president Javier Tebas has revealed potential dates to restart the 2019-20 campaign. There are three proposed dates for the league to restart: 28th May, 6th June and 28th June.
Javier Tebas told reporters in a teleconference on Tuesday: “We are considering the idea of playing again, in Spain and other European countries, on May 29 or, alternatively, on June 6 or June 28. If we start LaLiga on May 28, the Champions League would be in July; if we start on June 6, all the competitions would be played together until July 31.”
“And if we start on June 28, July would be for LaLiga and August for the Champions League. With these dates, obviously, there is time to start training again, respecting the activity resumption protocol that we have designed for LaLiga.”
“By the end of the season we would not want to go beyond the month of August, and it is obvious that all this will affect the schedule for the next season.”
Tebas firmly said that cancelling the season was not an option: “No, not mentioned at all at the moment. It is a hypothesis that we do not contemplate. We want to end it, probably behind closed doors. And it is curious, by chance, that the clubs that want to end the season here are the ones from the bottom of the League, the ones that are fighting not to be relegated.”
“I can assure you that no major nor mid-season championships intend to cancel the season, whoever talks about this does so for personal interests. Not finishing the 2019-20 season would bring a measurable loss of €1bn. If we finish behind closed doors, the economic damage will be €350million.”
“If we could play with the public, the losses would still be €150m. As for TV rights in the League, we raised 90 per cent of the total. If we no longer have to play, in addition to giving up the remaining 10 per cent, we would have to return 18 per cent of what we have already raised.”
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