May 10, 2021

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La Liga dissatisfied with a complete ban on the return of fans to Spain


La Liga officials have called on the Spanish government not to make a joint decision on the return of fans this season and to allow teams in low-risk areas to welcome their supporters soon.

The long-standing threat from COVID-19 has kept stadiums in Europe closed throughout the season, but it is hoped that reducing the show may allow a small number of fans to return to the stadiums before the end of the season on 23 May.

FC Barcelona - Granada - La Liga Santander
Stadiums are empty throughout the season Quality sports images / Getty images

However, Spanish Health Minister Carolina Darius recently insisted that some areas of the country have significantly more cases than others and it would not be advisable to allow fans at all, while some areas still deal with dangerous transmission speeds.

The government is willing to block the return of fans, but La Liga said in a statement that it believes the decision is “discriminatory and inconsistent”, suggesting that sports fans are being treated differently.

“We want the crowds back according to the health of each community, and the final decision depends on local authorities and compliance with all appropriate measures, as has happened before with various other sports and shows,” the statement said.

“The request for the return of stadium fans has been approved unanimously by the La Liga Delegated Commission, made up of 14 of the 42 clubs that make up La Liga, even though there may be some clubs that would not have a crowd, if their local authorities govern as such.Clubs believe that this situation does not affect the integrity of the competition.

“La Liga will try to force this decision to be reconsidered urgently by holding an emergency meeting with the professional basketball league, ACB, which is the other major sport affected by this measure, which we consider discriminatory and inconsistent.”

The statement comes just weeks after La Liga president Javier Tebas revealed he hopes to see stadiums 10-25% full before the end of the season.

Javier Tebas
Thebes hopes the decision will be reversed Wang He / Getty images

“I think there will be between 10 and 25 percent capacity of the stadiums in terms of fans by the end of this season in La Liga,” said Tebas (via Marca).

“But it depends on the government’s sports and health departments.”

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