La Liga president Javier Tebas has reportedly told clubs they may be fined if they do not show up to play matches after the coronavirus pandemic.
The football calendar has been put on hold in Spain, but there is hope that it may resume in the coming months to see out the rest of the 2019/20 season.
Unsurprisingly, there are some concerns about returning too soon.
But Tebas has issued a very stern warning to clubs who opt against getting back into training and playing matches once again.
He said: “When they give us the order to be able to play, if there is a club who does not want to play, it will be treated as a no-show.
“First, three points will be deducted and then maybe more according to the rules. I have no problem signing that as LaLiga.”
Tebas also assured players that he would be willing to issue them written guarantees over their safety.
However, it seems that some players may not be keen to put themselves back in potential danger to allow football to resume.
Athletic Bilbao striker Inaki Williams said last week:
‘I am not planning on playing again all the time. There are still people dying from this.”
It’s thought that is a shared view from many of the players in Spain, where there have been around a quarter of a million confirmed cases, the second-highest number in the world.
Sevilla winger Suso also had reservations due to his family situation at home. He told Radio Marca:
‘My pregnant wife is due to give birth in six weeks,” he told Radio Marca.
“If I come to training, catch the virus, and then give it to her I would never be able to forgive myself.
“If there is a one per cent risk then I think it is best we did not continue [with the season].”
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