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La Liga – and all other leagues in Spain – postponed indefinitely due to Coronavirus pandemic

By J Smith

Published: 13:31, 23 March 2020

La Liga and the Spanish FA have agreed to suspend football in the country indefinitely.

Games in Spain had already been suspended as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, but the initial postponement was only set to include a two-game time frame.

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  • Spain has been one of the heaviest hit countries of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • La Liga had initially been postponed for two match weeks in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19.
  • However, the situation in Spain has escalated and football there is now suspended indefinitely.
  • The Spanish government will now be the ones to decide when football can return.
  • Prior to the suspension, Barcelona sat two points clear of Real Madrid atop the La Liga table.

However, with the situation now quickly escalating in Spain, football authorities in the country have taken the decision to put things on hold indefinitely, until football can return “without creating any health risk”.

La Liga and the RFEF have now handed control of the situation to the Spanish government, who will give the green light on when football in the country can eventually return.

An official La Liga statement read: “The Monitoring Commission established by the current RFEF-LaLiga Coordination Agreement agrees the suspension of professional football competitions until the authorities of the Government of Spain and the General Administration of the State consider that they can be resumed without creating any health risk.

“Both the RFEF and LaLiga wish to express our greatest public gratitude to all those who are dedicating their best efforts to provide essential services to the Spanish people and also share our condolences for all the deceased and a warm embrace from the world of soccer to the many families that are losing loved ones.”

Prior to La Liga’s suspension, Barcelona sat two points clear of Real Madrid atop the La Liga table although various options will now have to be discussed as a result of the indefinite postponement.

Spain has been placed under a nationwide lockdown in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and will remain so until at least April 12th.