Javier Thebes, president of LaLiga, during a conference


Javier Tebas clarifies why LaLiga has not been suspended

Published:11/03/2020 - 08:42h

Updated:11/03/2020 - 16:32h

LaLiga announced on Tuesday that the next two match days will be played behind closed doors, but there are several voices calling for the definitive postponement of the games. Javier Tebas has clarified why the competition has not been suspended because of coronavirus

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The coronavirus has converted finally in an enemy for the world of the sport, and in Spain already are taking measured for salvaguardar the physical integrity of all the involved in the sportive events programmed. In the distinct specialitys have set up diverse protocols of performance, that will guarantee the development of the competitions and will minimise the risks for the participants.

LaLiga Announced this Tuesday that the two next days will contest to enclosed door, what has generated the rejection of some entities that have expressed publicly his disconformidad. The Association of Spanish Footballers (AFE) has contacted by letter with the Upper Council of Sports (CSD), the Real Spanish Federation of Football (RFEF) and the own League to request the immediate suspension of all the parties of all the categories of the Spanish football, a decision that support some clubs that understand that the previous is insufficient and equally hurtful.

Javier Thebes, president of the patronal, has cleared reason has not opted by the postponement in a communiqué, in which it has defended that the organisation chosen will not avoid that the health of the communities of professionals that have presence in the domestic championships was the absolute priority. The leader has shared an informative note through the social networks in which it specified the following:

"In front of the different public communications made by distinct entities requesting the suspension of the competition, LaLiga wants to manifest that from the start of this situation has been still in all moment the guidelines established by the sanitary authorities and the CSD.

The Ministry of Health and the CSD, in his quality of garantes of the health of fans, players, employed of clubs, journalists, etc, have considered like sufficient preventive measure celebrate the competition to enclosed door and LaLiga, as it can not be of another way, acts in consequence.

In this situation, LaLiga is in constant communication with the authorities and will be still in all moment the recommendations of the same".

Besides, Thebes has insisted in that further to look after the health of all, LaLiga has to take into account also the economic integrity of the competition: "From LaLiga have to act with responsibility and in absolute coordination with the public authorities that watch, take care by the health of ALL the citizens in these moments complicated. LaLiga Also has to look after the integrity and economic feasibility of the competition".

Spain does not follow, for the moment, the example of Italy

As it has explained Thebes, Spain will not follow for the moment the example of Italy, that has opted by drastic decisions to contain the epidemic. The region, much more affected by this situation, has decreed the suspension of all the sportive competitions until further orders, and already studies the way to reorganise the calendar of the Series To and the Coppa, that for the moment are stopped. The leader revealed does some days that LaLiga has created a special Commission for the coronavirus, that works with the corresponding authorities and has like aim the forecast and the preparation of diverse plans of performance to answer to all type of suppositions.

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