LaLiga squashes talks of 20 June as restart date after Leganes coach Javier Aguirre's claim

All organised football in Spain was suspended in March, along with most leagues and sporting competitions around the world.

Reuters May 08, 2020 11:19:37 IST
LaLiga squashes talks of 20 June as restart date after Leganes coach Javier Aguirre's claim

Madrid: LaLiga has refused to confirm Leganes coach Javier Aguirre’s announcement that the Spanish football season will restart on 20 June after being halted for more than three months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“There are no confirmed dates to return to competition,” a La Liga spokesman told Reuters on Thursday.

LaLiga squashes talks of 20 June as restart date after Leganes coach Javier Aguirres claim

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“We will begin training sessions and then wait for the government’s decision about the established dates. Our intention is to return to competition in June as long as the government decides it is ok to do so.”

Speaking to Mexican website Marca Claro earlier on Thursday, Aguirre said he had been given details of when the campaign would start again and had been informed the season would conclude before the end of July.

“We now have a start date for the league, we begin on 20 June and finish officially on 26 July. We will play 11 rounds of matches on Saturdays and Sundays and Wednesdays and Thursdays,” said Aguirre, whose Leganes side are 19th in the standings.

“La Liga has just told me this officially and I’m very happy that we now have our training programme scheduled.”

All organised football in Spain was suspended in March, along with most leagues and sporting competitions around the world.

Clubs in Spain’s top two divisions held obligatory testing for players on Wednesday and many teams including champions and leaders Barcelona and Leganes, who are 19th in the table, are due to begin individual training on Friday.

Germany’s Bundesliga announced on Thursday that it will resume action on 16 May, making it the first of Europe’s top five leagues to resume action.

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