La Liga president Javier Tebas said Sunday he hopes the resumed season will start on June 11 with the Seville derby , “ one game for all of Spain ” .
“ It is possible that on Thursday , June 11 , we could have the first Liga game , ” Tebas told Movistar Plus television .
“ We would like it to be the Seville derby – Real Betis v Sevilla – at 2200 (2000 GMT ).
“It would be our hope to have a single league game ” that day so that the teams “ play exclusively for all of Spain , almost as a tribute and to what has happened . ”
Tebas confirmed that in the next few days there will be an official announcement concerning the restart date of the championship which was shelved in March because of the coronavirus .
“ But what is certain is that it will be the weekend of the 12th . ”
On Saturday , Spain ’ s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced that La Liga could resume from its lockdown in the week beginning June 8 .
All matches will be behind closed doors .
“ The resumption of major professional sporting competitions and in particular La Liga will be allowed from the week of June 8 , ” Sanchez told a press conference .
More than two months after the COVID – 19 pandemic halted the season in Spain , players have begun training in small groups .
Barcelona sit top of the table , two points ahead of Real Madrid .
Clubs have 11 games left to play to finish the season , with the proposed final round to be completed by the end of July .
Despite the optimism for a season restart, Tebas insisted that fans should still be wary of the dangers posed by the pandemic .
“ We must not run, we have to be very cautious , ” he added .
A compressed calendar would mean teams playing matches both in midweek and at weekends .
Players will also undergo tests for coronavirus the day before games and will have their temperatures taken before being allowed to enter stadiums.
La Liga’ s staggered training programme meant players began working individually at training grounds on May 4 and were able to expand into groups of up to 10 players this week .
The top flight was first suspended on March 12, the same day Real Madrid went into quarantine following the positive test of one of the club ’ s basketball players .
But Tebas has been adamant the league must restart, having estimated that a cancellation of the season would cost clubs around one billion euros ($ 1 . 09 billion ).
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