Saturday 6 June, 2020

LaLiga could resume behind closed doors in July, says broadcaster

Barcelona captain Lionel Messi.

Barcelona captain Lionel Messi.

LaLiga could return behind closed doors in July, according to Mediapro chief executive Jaume Roures.

The league has been postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has led to more than 8,400 deaths in Spain and more than 42,100 globally.

Roures, the chief of one of LaLiga's broadcast partners, hopes it is back underway in July.

"I hope football returns in July and I say July because, among other things, everyone's health must be guaranteed," he told Cadena COPE on Tuesday.

"It will return without an audience, surely, but before that they have to do a pre-season. After so long at home, they can't go out and play as if nothing happened."

Barcelona held a two-point lead over Real Madrid when the LaLiga season was stopped.

While Roures believes it could resume in July, he warned a positive test for COVID-19 from a player after that would see the campaign ended.

"If once LaLiga resumes a player tests positive for coronavirus, they will have to throw in the towel and say goodbye to the season," he said.

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