Soccer returns to Spain three months later




The pandemic of c oronavirus has paused soccer in Spain for three months and one day . That is the exact time in First or three months if you count the resumption of Rayo-Albacete this Wednesday, which will be behind closed doors for sanitary and disciplinary reasons, when the Ukrainian Zozulya is suspended for the insults.

In these three months a series of events have occurred related to the steps to be followed by the different institutions, public and private, to prevent Covid-19 from causing a similar crisis again, in society in general and in football as a particular field:

Eibar-Real Sociedad, the last game in Spain

March 10 : The postponed Eibar-Real Sociedad (1-2), played behind closed doors last LaLiga game before suspension. This same day, Valencia fell in the knockout stages of the Champions League after losing the second leg to Atalanta (3-4) in a game also played without an audience in Mestalla.

March 11 : The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) confirms the postponement of the final of the Copa del Rey scheduled for April 18, common agreement with the finalist clubs, Real Sociedad and Athletic Club; as well as agree to propose the suspension for two weeks of all non-professional football and futsal matches at the state level.

Last match played by a Spanish team. Atlético de Madrid rings the bell at Anfield . They win 2-3 on the second leg of the Champions League, dethrone Liverpool and enter the quarterfinals.

UEFA confirms that the matches Sevilla-Roma e Inter-Getafe corresponding to the first leg of the knockout stages of the Europa League, will not be held this Thursday as planned due to the spread of the coronavirus.

March 12 : LaLiga confirms the postponement of the dispute for the next two days in the First and Second divisions. The matches Manchester City-Real Madrid and Juventus-Lyon corresponding to the return of the knockout stages of the Champions League scheduled for next week, are postponed.

Real Madrid soccer and basketball players go into quarantine upon learning the positive of American power forward Trey Thompkins .

March 13 : The RFEF proposes to the clubs to suspend group training and replace it with individual training, and recommends that soccer players "scrupulously follow the health and government guidelines" in relation to the coronavirus epidemic.

The former soccer player and Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta of Spain tests positive for coronavirus in England.

March 14, state of alarm

March 14 : The government decrees state of alarm during 15 days, with restriction of movement of people.

March 15 : Ezequiel Garay the Argentine defender of Valencia, first footballer positive for coronavirus in the Spanish LaLiga.

March 17 : The Government decrees the possibility of negotiating a Employment Regulation File (ERTE) which will eventually host different soccer clubs, especially for its workers.

UEFA suspends the European Cup of Nations postponed to 2021, and postpones in principle to June the finals of the Champions League and the Europa League.

March 23 : LaLiga and the RFEF suspend all soccer competitions until the Government authorizes the resumption. The UEFA postpones the Champions League and the Europa League without a definite date .

March 27 : The clubs Espanyol and Alavés, the first to propose an ERTE for your templates. Barça also announces an ERTE while negotiating with the captains of the different sports sections.

April 1 : UEFA leaves the continental competitions on the air And prioritizes national leagues to finish their competitions. It also yields the dates of friendly matches. The five positives for Espanyol coronavirus are discharged, reports the club.

April 3 : LaLiga, after the meeting of its Delegate Commission, after "analyzing the current circumstances of the sector, and given that the conversations with the Association of Spanish Soccer Players (AFE) are very distant ", urges its clubs to initiate ERTE to reduce working hours due to force majeure to avoid and alleviate the negative impact of COVID-19.

All the Primera clubs, except Getafe, which rules it out, reached some type of salary reduction agreement with their staff. Also Barça, after the agreement reached with the first soccer squad after the 'Ok' of Leo Messi .

The 'Viana pacts'

April 6 : Meetings between AFE and LaLiga ended without agreement for that the players assume part of the economic losses due to the impact of the coronavirus.

April 7 : LaLiga and AFE set guidelines for the resumption of competition (minimum 72 hours between games and hydration breaks).

The League and the Federation agree with the CSD the way for the return of football

April 18 : LaLiga and the RFEF reach a principle of agreement, with the mediation of the Superior Sports Council (CSD), called the 'Viana Pacts ' which will mark the roadmap for the future return of football when the coronavirus pandemic is controlled, as well as a rescue for sport and athletes.

April 22 : The footballers demand the approval of the Ministry of Health to resume their activity. In a meeting of the AFE with the captains of the squads, they expressed their concern.

April 23 : UEFA approved the guidelines on eligibility of the clubs for European competitions if the leagues are not finished and he "strongly recommends" that they end. Days before, the RFEF for Spain had advanced it. Getafe, fifth in the League, disagrees through the mouth of their coach, Pepe Bordalás .

Jokin Aperribay and Aitor Elizegi, presidents of Real Sociedad and Athletic Club , finalists of the Copa del Rey request the RFEF that the final, postponed from its first date, April 18, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, "can be held with the public" at the door open, at a future date to be determined by agreement between the three parties. "

Athletic and Real Sociedad have decided that they are going to ask the Spanish Federation that the Cup final be played with the public, at the open door and on a date to be determined. Both clubs have decided to prioritize the loyalty of their fans before the possible qualification to play in Europe next season.

April 30 : The Ministry of Health gives the green light to the protocol proposed by the CSD for the return to soccer training.

The French League is terminated and is proclaimed champion of PSG due to the impossibility of resuming competition due to government measures. Contrast with the tests to players in Germany to resume the competition on May 8.

Sevilla-Betis, derby to celebrate the return of football

May 24 : Javier Tebas expects the return match to be Sevilla-Betis on June 11 .

Photographers demand access to League training

May 25 : Teams go on to train in groups of up to 14 players. The graphic informants protest that they are not allowed access to the training sessions.

May 26 and 27 : Jaume Roures (Mediapro) affirms that an audio with sound channel will be offered prerecorded environment in the broadcasts of the matches.

Despite the conflict between both parties, the RFEF authorizes League matches to be played on Mondays in order to finish the competition. Days later a court accepts the precautionary measures requested by LaLiga .

May 29 : The Contact Group (LaLiga, Federation and CSD) agrees that the competition is resumed with Sevilla-Betis on June 11 . The season will end on July 19.

May 31 : The Argentinean Ezequiel Garay, first positive for coronavirus in our soccer, says goodbye to Valencia. FIFA determines that the summer transfer market will open on July 1 .

June 1 : The teams begin training in a single group with all the template (Phase 4). The times of the first days of the First and Second days are announced.

June 3 : Irene Lozano, president of the CSD, asks for caution and not to advance deadlines before the request of the Clapping that it could be played with a third of the public on June 13 against Girona.

The Competition Committee of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) states that the second part of the Rayo match Vallecano-Albacete, corresponding to day 20 of the Second Division, will be played on Wednesday, June 10 at 8:00 p.m. It will mean the effective return of Spanish professional football .

Health values ​​that there is public in the stadiums in Phase 3

June 7 : Pedro Sánchez, President of the Government, comments at a press conference that they are not going to "renounce a homogeneous response" referring to the Health agreement, the CSD and the affected leagues on the capacity of football and basketball stadiums, after the return of the competitions. He assures that these institutions "are working to see if we can give a common answer. There can be no differences and we will not give up giving a joint answer", as well as "it is fair that there cannot be fans in some stadiums alone" .

Javier Tebas, president of LaLiga, says that he is in favor of having "public in the soccer stadiums where possible" for health security, although there is no homogenization in all the competition by regions.

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