Some fans could return before season ends, says La Liga president Javier Tebas

Some fans could return before season ends, says La Liga president Javier Tebas

La Liga hopes to have some supporters back in stadiums by the end of the season, says president Javier Tebas.

Spain’s top flight resumes on Thursday, having been suspended on 10 March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Tebas says talks will take place with the government in two weeks to discuss the possibility of fans returning when it is safe to do so.

“Of course it won’t be the entire stadium and there will be special precautionary measures,” said Tebas.

“If we can have even 10% or 15% by the end of the season, if that happens we will be very happy about that because that’s a sign that we are getting back to some form of normality.

“When we celebrate will be when we actually finish the competitions, both the First Division and the Second Division. This crisis still hasn’t come to an end.”

Tebas also said Neymar’s rumoured return to Barcelona is unlikely to happen because of the financial impact of coronavirus.

The Brazil forward was heavily linked with a switch back to Spain last summer, two years after his world-record £200m move to Paris St-Germain, but the deal never went through.

“There will be a lot less movement than we have seen in other transfer windows,” Tebas added.

“Neymar [going back to Barca] is a big cash deal,” he said. “I don’t think it is going to come off.”

Tebas added that if no fans are allowed in stadiums until the end of the year, he is predicting a contraction in the European summer transfer market from 3bn to 800m euros.

Tebas confirmed talks with governing body Uefa and other major leagues, including the Premier League, were ongoing about when the summer transfer window was likely to close.

The new German season is likely to start before that of the Premier League, Serie A and La Liga, but the situation is not entirely straightforward because of clubs involved in the latter stages of European competition.

However, Tebas is expecting an agreement to be reached for the window to close just before the Champions League group phase starts, which is planned for October.

“It will not be [closing at] the end of July, when the competitions are just finishing. It will be a shorter transfer window than in other years, but we are going to come to a consensus,” he added.

La Liga players back in training, with games to possibly restart on 20 June

La Liga players back in training, with games to possibly restart on 20 June

La Liga first and second division players were allowed to carry out individual work at training grounds from Friday, with La Liga itself hoping to restart again in late June – almost certainly behind closed doors.

La Liga’s training plan is for players to initially carry out individual work before getting together in small groups and then finally taking part in larger team sessions.

Barça players started their first session on Friday, whilst players at Real Madrid will return on Monday.

The plan of a staggered training programme with the purpose of restarting competitive games by late June runs parallel to the Spanish government’s four phase de-escalation plan to return the country to a ‘new normality’ over an 8-week period.

Part of the Spanish football league’s plan requires identifying Coronavirus-infected players through testing – and five players from the top two leagues have already tested positive, La Liga confirmed on Sunday.

The five players have not been officially named. They are now quarantined at home and will be tested again ‘in the next few days’. They will be allowed to rejoin their club’s training after obtaining two consecutive negative test results.

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La Liga stated that, ‘Among La Liga Santander and La Liga SmartBank (second division) clubs, five positive cases were detected in players, all of them asymptomatic and in the final phase of the disease.’

‘One of the objectives of these medical tests,’ La Liga’s statement read, ‘according to the La Liga’s protocol for returning to training, according to recommendations of the CSD (Supreme Sports Council) and the Ministry of Health, was precisely to detect the denominated or asymptomatic, that is, those people who are infected and that, without presenting symptoms, they can infect other people. In this way, we guarantee everyone’s safety when returning to work according to the occupational risk regulations.’

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Messi back in training at FC Barcelona on 9 May 2020. (Miguel Ruiz – FC Barcelona)

The health protocol for the players returning to training is strict and includes them arriving already changed and at specific times to avoid contact with others. They have their temperatures taken before entering the premises and at the end of training, they take away a bag of fresh kit for the next day and shower at home.

If La Liga kicks off again on Saturday 20 June, which has been touted as the possible date, it could be expected to finish on Sunday 26 July. It is almost certain that all games will be played in front of empty stands.

La Liga president Javier Tebas is keen to get football up and running again, but has insisted that ‘people’s health is paramount’.

As La Liga currently stands, Real Madrid are in second place behind Barça, with 11 rounds of games remaining. With Real Madrid planning to restart individual training on Monday, captain Sergio Ramos said he ‘can’t wait to get playing and competing … as long as there is no risk of contagion’.

The third and fourth leagues in Spain will not complete their seasons, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) confirmed on Wednesday.

In Germany the Bundesliga is restarting on Saturday 16 May and it is scheduled to run through to Saturday 27 June.

Adeje: Sports Release

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Adeje’s 2019/2020 sports calendar comes to an end 

Those who have paid the second half of the year can opt to have that as the first payment of the next sporting year

The Adeje department of sports, under Councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera, has announced that the 2019/2020 sporting year is now at an end.  The decision has been taken given the conditions created by Covid-19 and the measures applied by the government and the different phases “towards a new normality”.

The councillor said that those people who would have paid in full for the 2019/2020 campaign could opt to have the second half of the fees moved to cover the first payment for 2020/2021, or request a return of the money if they preferred. So for people who have decided not to continue with their chosen sport or the child involved has now moved into a different age bracket, money can be returned.

Regarding renewing membership and matriculation for a course, this will be carried out by the sports department and of course will depend on the evolution of the current pandemic.  The department hope to be in touch with clients towards the end of this month and will offer appointments in the mornings and afternoons. Firstly they will contact all the current users of the facilities and those registered for courses to let them know about places, dates, hours, etc. for next term.  Thereafter matriculation will be open to the public, probably in July, depending on other factors.

There will also be information from the Sports Department on all the borough’s social networks and usual information channels. The department will also publish information regarding the new protocols and health and safety measures they are installing to ensure safety for monitors and students.

Given the current situation there is, as yet, no confirmed date for the start of the 2020/2021 sports calendar, though it is hoped that it will be in September, but nothing is 100% certain right now. All decision will have to be taken in accordance with advice from the national department of health and the education authorities who will also be looking at the dates for the start of the next school year.

Alonso Ferrera noted the excellent contribution the professional sports team, monitors and teachers, have made and continue to make during the current phase, with online tutorials and videos to keep contact with students over these two months.  At the same time these professionals have made a detailed report about each student, which will be sent to parents if requested during the renovation period.

The councillor added, “while we cannot celebrate the usual closing ceremonies to the 2019/2020 sporting campaign, we are preparing medals  for all of our sports students, a mark of their adherence to the values that are promoted in our sporting sessions: commitment, respect for the regulations, solidarity, etc.”

Finally the councillor confirmed “we are in constant contact with private sport centres too regarding when they might open and in what conditions and we will keep the public up to date through the usual channels.”

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Formula 1 may not race in 2020, say bosses

Formula 1 may not race in 2020, say bosses

Formula 1 chairman Chase Carey has admitted that the sport’s owners are preparing for “the remote possibility of no racing in 2020”.

He said they discussed with lenders how to handle the loss of income involved in not being able to run a season.

But he emphasised: “We are increasingly confident – although there are no guarantees – that we will have a 2020 championship season.”

F1 released figures showing income fell by 84% in the first quarter of 2019.

Owner Liberty Media said F1’s revenue in the first quarter of 2020 was $39m (£31.6m) compared to $246m (£199m) in the same period in 2019.

The records do not include any income received for the two races called off in that period in Australia and Bahrain, or any revenue from broadcasting rights.

Carey, who was speaking on a conference call with investors after the release of the first-quarter results, said the coronavirus crisis had had “a significant impact on F1 and we are adjusting in numerous ways”.

The figures reflect the difficulty created for F1 by the lack of racing, with all the sport’s main revenue streams facing disruption, and the importance of running a season this year.

Carey said the “goal” remained to start the season in Austria on the first weekend in July, and that it was “likely” this would be followed by a second race at the Red Bull Ring the on 11-12 July.

He said he believed it would be possible to have a championship of 15-18 races, and that the plan was for a series of European races through August and into September, before heading to Eurasia, Asia, the Americas and the Middle East, finishing on 13 December.

“We expect the European races to be without fans,” Carey said, adding that he was working through the methods by which teams could get to the races without adding to the risk of spreading coronavirus.

“We are making good headway on having races that can be secure and safe for everyone,” he said.

Carey added: “We hope to be able to allow fans to attend in the latter part of the year” and that he was “increasingly positive about the number of locations that will be able and want to host a race this year”.

A series of internal transactions at F1 owner the Liberty Media Group gave the sport an extra $1.4bn of liquidity to deal with the effects of the coronavirus crisis.

Carey said: “We expect the impact of the coronavirus on the wider world will continue, but we feel well positioned to return to the growth curve we were on a few months ago.”

The sport has made a series of moves in recent weeks to reduce costs for teams in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

These include delaying a major regulation change planned for 2021 until 2022, forcing teams to use their 2020 cars next season and a move to lower the budget cap that is planned to be introduced next year.

Serie A players undergo first tests ahead of training restart

Serie A players undergo first tests ahead of training restart

Serie A players underwent their first preparatory tests and medicals ahead of a return to individual training this week.

Clubs were allowed to re-open their training grounds this week after getting the go-ahead from the government as the nation-wide lockdown was partly relaxed on Monday in Italy’s “phase two” protocol.

Sassuolo players were the first to get back to training on Monday, with three players and three staff members present at their Mapei Center training ground.

 

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Juventus had a first batch of players undergo tests at their J Medical Center in Turin, including Aaron Ramsey, Juan Cuadrado, Carlo Pinsoglio, Leonardo Bonucci and Federico Bernardeschi.

Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to fly back into Italy on Monday and will be tested in the coming days alongside other players returning from abroad such as Matthijs de Ligt and Gonzalo Higuain.

Roma also reopened their Trigoria training ground today with Edin Dzeko among the first players to undergo medicals and preparatory tests, which will be completed before the first individual training sessions start on Thursday.

Most Serie A sides have now scheduled players’ returns to individual training, with Inter Milan, Atalanta and Bologna expecting to reopen their training camps on Tuesday.

There have been no matches in Serie A since March 9
There have been no matches in Serie A since March 9

However, all 20 sides are likely to have to wait until May 18 to start their first group training sessions under strict instructions from the Italian Minister of Sport Vincenzo Spadafora.