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THE NEAR FUTURE

21 Mar 2020
La Liga are now studying a new delay as the crisis for the COVID-19 continues. The new plan is to restart the tournaments on April 23, though it could be restarted until May.

Europe is still struggling with the COVID-19 crisis. By Friday, Spain was close to reach the 20,000 infections and the number of deaths has passed the 1,000. The government declared that the population must be in self-isolation until this Sunday, but now it’s expected that that order will be extended until April 12, day in which the celebrations of the Holy week are ending.

This new scenario means that the football competitions will also have to extend their breaks. The LFP ordered to stop football until this Sunday, now the pause will be extended in at least other three weeks. At Segunda División, it means to postpone three matchdays (34. 35 & 36). In those dates Depor have the home games with Rayo Vallecano and SD Ponferradina, plus the visit to Elche CF.

The most optimistic view is to restart the tournaments in a midweek (April 23). But the president of La Liga, Javier Tebas, said in a recent interview at AS that the tournament could even be delayed to the start of May, and that they were working in a new calendar that will allow to end the tournaments at Primera and Segunda before June 30.

This will be possible since the UEFA have postponed the Euro to next year, and also since La Liga is planning an aggressive calendar with teams playing games each 48 hours, this means to play three games in a week. In any case, it is known that La Liga has five possible scenarios for the dates, but the entity will not release any new schedule until the government lifts the self-isolation order.

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