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Broadcaster predicts La Liga restart in July with no fans

Published : Wednesday, 1 April, 2020 at 8:50 AM  Count : 225

FILE PHOTO: Jaume Roures, head of the Spain's Mediapro media group, speaks during a news conference after winning most of the TV rights of the French soccer Ligue 1 championship, in Paris, France, May 31, 2018. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

FILE PHOTO: Jaume Roures, head of the Spain's Mediapro media group, speaks during a news conference after winning most of the TV rights of the French soccer Ligue 1 championship, in Paris, France, May 31, 2018. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer


Spain’s La Liga could recommence in July without spectators, the head of a major broadcaster has said, adding that the season was likely to be cancelled if a player tested positive for the coronavirus once the campaign had restarted.

All organised soccer in Spain has been on hold since March 10 due to the spread of the deadly virus although Jaume Roures, CEO of Spanish multimedia group Mediapro, predicted that matches could resume behind closed doors in three months’ time.

“I expect football to return in July, certainly without supporters, but first of all there would have to be a pre-season campaign,” Roures told radio station Cadena Cope on Wednesday.

Spain is the second-worst affected country in Europe by the virus behind Italy and on Tuesday reported a record daily death toll of 849 from the virus, which has killed a total of 8,189 people.

Players from Valencia, Espanyol and Alaves have tested positive for the virus and Roures said if another player was to contract the disease then the season would have to be cancelled.

“If a player tested positive, for example on July 20, we’d have to throw in the towel and say goodbye to the season,” Roures added.

“We have to take every measure possible to ensure that doesn’t happen. But if it does, the party is over.”





With 11 matches still to be played, Barcelona lead Real Madrid by two points at the top of the standings, while the battle to avoid relegation is also finely balanced.

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