La Liga President reveals two UEFA plans for potential football return dates

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Dom Le Roy

La Liga president, Javier Tebas, has revealed the various potential scenarios that UEFA is contemplating with regards to finishing the 2019/20 season, while hinting that all domestic leagues, including the Premier League, may have to be completed by July.

The Premier League confirmed on Friday that the season has been suspended indefinitely until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The FA have relaxed a rule stating that the competition has to be finished by June 1, thus allowing more flexibility in the scheduling.

However, the Premier League and the clubs are still said to be aiming to complete the season, with substantial revenue loss on the cards if the season is voided (Daily Mail).

Tebas has now explained the financial crunch facing Spanish clubs due to the crisis and thereby dropped a hint as to when different confederations and UEFA are planning to restart competitions.

As reported by ESPN, the La Liga president said: “If we don’t resume, the economic impact on Spanish clubs, including money from European competitions, would be worth around €1 billion.

“That figure is not just based on league revenue, but also includes money teams won’t get from Champions League revenue.

“The losses will be €300 million if games are played behind closed doors and then €150m if we resume with fans because of the damage that has already been caused.

“The current scenarios being discussed are to restart the Spanish league on May 28, June 6 or even up until June 28.

“But we will have to see what happens in April. And it’s not just about Spain, but what happens elsewhere.

“UEFA is contemplating two scenarios for European competitions. The first one involves league and European competitions being played in parallel: leagues at the weekend and European games in midweek.

“The other scenario is for two blocks. First of all, domestic competitions would be played up until July, then European matches would be played in July or August, depending on when all the leagues can finish.”

Spurs Web Opinion

I just cannot see how the different individual leagues can all be completed before July given the dire situation some European countries find themselves in at the moment. If the season drags on beyond July, it will have a knock-on effect on next season’s European competitions as well as the Euros next summer. That is why I believe that clubs will eventually give up on the idea of finishing the current campaign.

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