The President of Spanish La Liga Javier Tebas says the league is most likely to lose at least one billion euros if the league does not resume amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Just like every other football leagues in Europe, the Spanish football last saw action on March 11 when Atletico Madrid wowed Liverpool by knocking them out of the UEFA Champions League.
Javier Tebas says though the Spanish Football Association and the league management body have been having discussions with UEFA on possible resumption date, they are not discussing any possibility of cancelling the league which has 11 matches to end.
While noting the amount of loses the league will suffer if it doesn’t resume, Tebas stressed that besides the loses the clubs will suffer from not participating in European football, the clubs will lose one billion euros if the league is outrightly cancelled.
No matter what, clubs will still Lose 150m euros, President of Spanish La Liga Says
Tebas noted that La Liga clubs have just 300 million euros to lose if the league resumes but matches are played behind closed doors.
“Even if we get back to playing with spectators, the damage this situation has already caused would be 150m euros”, he added.
On possible resumption date, Javier Tebas told the press in Spain that the Spanish FA is working on how the league can resume as early as May 28. He, however, stressed that clubs will not return to training until at least 26 April when all health measures have been put in place.
“Of all the different scenarios we have been looking at with UEFA to go back to competing, the most probable ones are 28 May, 6 June or 28 June,” he said.
“We can’t say an exact date. This will be given to us by the authorities in Spain. But we still have time to get back to training before that.”
All Bundesliga clubs are back in training
Meanwhile, all Bundesliga clubs have returned to training after the league leader, Bayern Munich, opened the floor on Monday.
Most of the teams returned to training in “small groups” after the German Football League’s (DFL) recommendation to stop group practice expired on Sunday, April 5.
The league which has been suspended since March 13 is likely to resume on April 30 but the matches may be played behind closed doors until the coronavirus pandemic is over.