The RFEF has announced that professional football in Spain will only resume once the government deems there is no public health risk.
LaLiga and the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) have agreed to extend the suspension of the 2019-20 season 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.
LaLiga 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 previously said he was convinced the season would be completed, while he was also hopeful all European leagues would finish 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, LaLiga and the RFEF have agreed professional football will only return when the authorities believe it poses no risk to public health.
“The RFEF and LaLiga 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 LaLiga 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.”
Over 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.
Coronavirus: LaLiga Fest raises €625k as Pique talks of ‘invincible’ unity
LaLiga stars and musicians came together for LaLiga Fest on Saturday, where a huge sum was raised to buy medical equipment.
LaLiga Fest raised more than €625,000 on Saturday as Barcelona stalwart Gerard Pique spoke of the need for unity amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Where Saturday nights would normally consist of fixtures in Spain’s top flight, the live action was restricted to performances on an internet stream.
A host of LaLiga stars – including Pique – addressed supporters, while musicians performed at the online festival.
Fans were encouraged to donate to the Banco Santander Foundation, where the money would be used to buy medical equipment to combat COVID-19.
There have been over 72,000 confirmed cases of the virus in Spain, with close to 6,000 deaths.
The total raised ticked past €625,000 as the festival ended, although donations would continue to be welcomed until Sunday afternoon.
Barca’s Pique was the most high-profile star to address those watching, as he claimed players and supporters alike could be “invincible together”.
“Without training, at home and trying to stay in shape, it is not easy,” the World Cup winner said. “We will get through it between all of us.
And above all…
Thanks to YOU!
— LaLiga English (@LaLigaEN) March 28, 2020
“It is a difficult situation, but doing something like what LaLiga is doing makes us feel proud of the players and the fans.
“It is something unique that means any LaLiga fan is able to contribute their grain of sand. I am very happy to be able to participate in such an initiative.
“There is rivalry when we are on the field of play, but when people need us, we are united.
“There will be a cost, it is difficult, we will have difficult times. Others will suffer it in person, but we have to make it through together. We are all invincible together.”
Coronavirus: Ex-Barcelona goalkeeper Rustu Recber hospitalised with COVID-19
Rustu Recber returned a positive coronavirus test and has been hospitalised in Turkey.
Turkey great Rustu Recber has been hospitalised after testing positive for coronavirus, his wife Isil has revealed.
Goalkeeper Rustu spent much of his club career at Fenerbahce, including a loan stint with the Turkish Super Lig giants during a three-year stay at Barcelona.
A star of the 2002 World Cup, Rustu played just seven times for Barca – all within the 2003-04 season – but retired aged 39 in 2012 with 120 international caps to his name.
The 46-year-old’s wife Isil posted on her Instagram page on Saturday to inform fans of her husband’s diagnosis.
“I would like to give you more positive news while sharing the truth in the most transparent way, but I’m sorry to say that my husband Rustu is hospitalised with the diagnosis of COVID-19,” she wrote.
“We are shocked by the rapid symptoms that developed suddenly when everything was normal. These are critical and difficult times.
“May Allah give emergency relief to all patients, including my dear husband.
“My only request is that people can be a little more conscientious and respectful in the process. In the tests we have done, my daughter and son were negative and only my husband was positive.
“For this reason, we are at home while he’s in hospital, and we are not allowed to see him. In fact, this is the most difficult part, not being able to be with him.
“Allah is great and is entrusted to him and the Turkish doctors. I hope this will pass.”
Messi is Argentina’s ‘leader and protector’, says Tagliafico
Argentina international Nicolas Tagliafico lauded Lionel Messi’s impact on the national team.
Lionel Messi is the “leader and protector” of Argentina, according to international team-mate Nicolas Tagliafico.
Messi, 32, has faced criticism for his performances for the national team as his wait for a first senior trophy at international level goes on.
But Ajax defender Tagliafico, a 25-time Argentina international, said the Barcelona star was key for his nation.
“Messi was released from the pressure to get results [at the 2019 Copa America, where Argentina finished third],” he told Ole.
“He more than anyone gets angry when he loses, but Messi became more aware that he has to enjoy the national team.
“I don’t know until when he will play, but it is not that he will have too many cups with the national team. He is at a stage where he wants to enjoy everything, training, games.
“He is the leader and protector of the team. That facet came out that we might not always see.”
— Selección Argentina (@Argentina) March 27, 2020
Tagliafico said it was crucial for Argentina, who are unbeaten in seven games, to develop a strong foundation.
“We must find a very solid structure, not only for Leo, but also for the future, for what is to come,” he said.
“To be able to find a structure to grow. It is good to build a solid foundation and don’t build a base and then take it apart.
“If we can help Leo and Leo can help us, we will do much better. Everything is going to multiply. You have to create a structure and from there start to grow.”
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