The RFEF has announced that professional football in Spain will only resume once the government deems there is no public health risk. La Liga and the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) have agreed to extend the suspension of the 2019-20 campaign indefinitely.
Spain’s top flight, along with the vast majority of sporting competitions and events across the world, has been put on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic.
La Liga made the decision to suspend the season until at least the start of April on March 12, after Real Madrid’s squad were forced into quarantine when one of the club’s basketball players tested positive for the respiratory illness.
League president Javier Tebas earlier said he was convinced the campaign would be completed, while he was also hopeful all European leagues would end by June 30, with both Euro 2020 and the 2020 Copa America pushed back to next year.
However, with Spain still in a state of emergency as the government attempts to curtail the spread of COVID-19, La Liga and the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) have agreed professional football will only return when the authorities believe it poses no risk to public health.
“The RFEF and La Liga agree the suspension of professional soccer competitions until the competent authorities of the government of Spain and the general state administration consider that they can be resumed and this does not pose any risk to health,” an RFEF statement read.
“Both the RFEF and La Liga want to show their greatest public gratitude to all those who are dedicating their best efforts to provide essential services to Spaniards, and we also wish to show our sincere remembrance for all the deceased and a warm embrace from the world of soccer for all families that are losing loved ones.”
More than 15,000 people have died from COVID-19, with close to 350,000 confirmed cases of the virus worldwide.
There have been more than 33,000 cases and over 2,000 deaths in Spain so far. Other European leagues have also extended their postponement due to COVID-19. MLB season is on indefinite hiatus because of the growing threat that is the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).