Spain mulling return of fans for LaLiga 2020/21 season

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Madrid, May 27 (IANS) Spanish Sports Council President Irene Lozano said that Spain would be considering the return of fans in LaLiga matches next season. LaLiga clubs have resumed group training this month with an aim to resume the 2019/20 season in the month of June.

“We haven’t ruled that out,” she said in an interview with radio network COPE late Tuesday. “Depending on how the epidemic progresses and how the situation progresses, we can start looking into putting a certain number of fans into the stadiums next season.”

“Right now, the main goal is to be able to finish this season,” she said. “And it is clear that the best option now is to do it with matches behind closed doors. But we have to take into consideration that as we return to a new normality, having fans back in the stadiums can be done, as long as we follow the health safety measures in place.”

The German Bundesliga is the only major league in Europe to have restarted the season with the matches being played in empty stadiums. While LaLiga looks on course to restarting the league next season, the Premier League is limping its way back to resumption of group training.

“Internationally speaking, Spain has led the way in safely organizing sports events,” Lozano said.

“We want to be at the forefront and export a model for this new era of safe sports. This will not be something difficult to do. We will find this model, which now will need to take into account a lot of safety measures and guarantees, and which will obviously have to account for having fans in the stadiums.”


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