After England's Premier League and Italy's
Serie A, Spain's LaLiga confirmed plans to resume play in June.
On a day when only two COVID-19-related deaths in the last 24 hours were reported -- they peaked at 950 on April 2 -- the Spanish government reached an agreement with LaLiga and the Spanish soccer federation for the restart to pro soccer behind closed doors.
LaLiga will resume on June 11 when Real Betis faces Sevilla in the Seville derby, and it hopes to wrap up the 2019-20 season on July 19. It would then break for the start of the 2020-21 season on Sept. 12.
"The important thing will be when the season finishes," said LaLiga president Javier Tebas, "although we'll only be able to congratulate ourselves when we start the following season. God willing, that day will be 12 September and hopefully we'll be able to say we have overcome this most difficult period, but at least we will be better prepared."
LaLiga had played 27 of 38 games with Barcelona leading Real Madrid by two points when the league shut down.
In early April, Tebas said 700 million euros ($760 million) could be saved if play at least resumed behind closed doors and television obligations were met.
To optimize television interest and finish the 11 matchdays in less than six weeks, matches will be played every day -- Monday to Sunday -- for over a month.
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