La Liga Boss Javier Tebas is eager to get La Liga back in action in May to avoid Spanish clubs from losing out on US$1.1 billion amid the COVID-19 shutdown.
Spain is currently the most affected country in Europe recording 140,510 positive COVID-19 cases and 13,798 deaths.
The high coronavirus figures being experienced in Spain led to the government extending the lockdown until 25 April. La Liga had already been suspended indefinitely in order to comply with social distancing regulations intended to help curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
The La Liga boss stated that cancelling the season was “not an option” due to the amount of money Spanish clubs stood to lose adding that he along with Spanish club bosses were ” not considering at all that we will not get back to playing matches,”
Javier Tebas appealed to club owners in Spain to consider extending the dates for the football season to endure that that competitions are completed.
“The different scenarios we have been looking at with UEFA to go back to competing are most probably starting on the May 28-29 June 6-7 or June 28-29,” he stated.
“We’re not just looking at what happens in Spain… the job is to get all our calendars (in Europe) in line so all the competitions are able to finish together.”
“It is not just league revenues, it is league revenues plus all the other revenue from the Champions League that teams wouldn’t receive.”
“We are talking about one billion euros if we don’t get back to playing, 300 million euros if we play behind closed doors and 150 million euros if we do to get back to playing with fans.”
He understood though that if clubs could not resume training by the end of May, the likelihood of completing the season would e slim if not impossible.
“The last businesses that will return to normal are theatres, cinemas, events that people attend,” said Tebas. “We are an industry like that but we can resume part of our activity without people because the fundamental part of our income comes from TV.”
The Spanish Football Federation(RFEF) stated on Tuesday that Spanish football stakeholders had agreed to play games in the Summer every 72 hours until the season was completed.
They also agreed on two drink breaks to protect players from dehydration due to high summer temperatures.