La Liga president Javier Tebas hopes Spanish football will resume on June 12 with games being played every day to finish the season.
Clubs in Spain’s top two divisions began testing players for the virus last week and many, including La Liga champions Barcelona, have started individual training, the second step of the league’s four-phase protocol for returning to action.
Real Madrid resume individual training on Monday but it was confirmed on Sunday that five La Liga players have tested positive for coronavirus and have entered quarantine.
“I’d like to restart on June 12 but we have to be prudent and it’s not just up to football, it’s also up to society, we all need to focus on complying with measures to protect health,” Tebas told Spanish television network Movistar.
Tebas confirmed all matches will take place without spectators, as will be the case when Germany’s Bundesliga restarts next week, and he said the league was working on ways to add to the atmosphere although he did not give details, with games taking place every day.
“Now that we are not going to have fans in the stadiums we are going to have some innovative ideas for broadcasting the games,” Tebas said.
“There’s going to be football every day once La Liga returns.”
As well as the five players who tested positive for coronavirus on Sunday, Tebas added that three staff members had also returned positive tests but he said the number of cases was far lower than expected, insisting there would be no increase in the risk of players getting infected once matches started.
“We were expecting around 25 or 30 based on the numbers in the Bundesliga and how much the virus has penetrated Spain. Out of 2,500 people tested we have only eight positive cases, which is good news,” he said.
“Infection during a match is practically impossible as we have done a study which we’re releasing which will show there is a minimum risk in matches if we all respect the health measures.”