Fans could be welcomed back to stadiums across La Liga before the end of the season. The Covid-19 pandemic has kept fans away from stadiums in Spain since March 8, 2020. However, plans are reportedly afoot to bring fans back before the end of the 2020-21 season.
According to reports, the league has a provision in place to bring supporters back from the second weekend in May. La Liga could permit fans to returns to stadiums in the Spanish top flight for the final four matches.
The date for reopening that is being pushed is the weekend on 9th May. This would allow fans to be in attendance of massive games like Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid against Sevilla. Such Fixtures would allow supporters to watch one of La Liga’s greatest ever title races.
There would be a 25% capacity in each ground with no away fans allowed. There will also be a number of Covid-19 rules in place, including no standing or singing and compulsory mask-wearing at all times.
Government allowed La Liga teams to host home fans
The Spanish Government and the Sports Ministry are reported to have approved the plans with a further agreement from the Health Ministry needed for the plan to go ahead.
It is reported, that the government believes the Spanish economy will benefit from the fans’ returns. After plans to allow fans to return to stadiums fell through back in November, this is the first positive sign for doors opening to the public once again.
If the first plans are rejected by health authorities at this stage, an additional plan is in place to move the deadline back to the final two weeks of the league season.
La Liga president Javier Tebas has long been pushing for the safe return of supporters. As clubs right across the league devastated financially by their absence. Tebas hoped that the supporters could return by the end of April but his timeline has been pushed back slightly.
‘We have been [in this situation] for a year now, we have learned, and we hope that in the third week of April we can start to have a percentage [of supporters] in the stadiums.’ – Javier Tebas
We all hope to see fans in the stadium as soon as possible because as we all know Football is nothing without the fans.
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