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Spanish season unlikely to resume before summer, says health minister

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Spanish season unlikely to resume before summer, says health minister

Spanish season unlikely to resume before summer, says health minister

Salvador Illa is careful not to set any return date, despite La Liga president Javier Tebas aiming for May 29, June 7 or June 28.

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SHOWS: BARCELONA, SPAIN (FILE - DECEMBER 17, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

VARIOUS EXTERIORS OF CAMP NOU 2.

CATALAN (LEFT) AND FC BARCLONA (RIGHT) FLAGS 3.

FC BARCELONA BADGE AND NAME 4.

PICTURE OF FC BARCELONA PLAYERS (LEFT TO RIGHT), FRENKIE DE JONG, GERARD PIQUE, LIONEL MESSI, SERGIO BUSQUETS AND SERGI ROBERTO 5.

MESSI BARCELONA, SPAIN (FILE - FEBRUARY 29, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 6.

BARCELONA PLAYERS LIONEL MESSI AND ARTURO VIDAL WALKING ONTO TRAINING PITCH 7.

TRAINING SESSION IN PROGRESS 8.

BARCELONA COACH QUIQUE SETIEN WALKING ONTO TRAINING PITCH 9.

SETIEN RUNNING THROUGH PLAYERS DURING TRAINING SESSION 10.

TRAINING SESSION IN PROGRESS 11.

MESSI AND TEAM PLAYERS TRAINING 12.

VARIOUS OF PLAYERS WARMING UP MADRID, SPAIN (FILE - MARCH 10, 2020) (REUTERS-ACCESS ALL) 13.

EXTERIOR OF REAL MADRID'S SANTIAGO BERNABEU STADIUM SPAIN (FILE - FEBRUARY 25, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 14.

REAL MADRID PLAYERS PASSING BALL 15.

REAL MADRID COACH ZINEDINE ZIDANE ATTENDING SESSION 16.

CAPTAIN SERGIO RAMOS CHASING BALL 17.

MIDFIELDER LUKA MODRIC / FORWARD GARETH BALE 18.

SESSION IN PROGRESS 19.

STRIKER KARIM BENZEMA DURING SESSION 20.

ZIDANE MADRID, SPAIN (FILE - 2019) (REUTERS-ACCESS ALL) 21.

VARIOUS OF INTERIOR OF WANDA METROPOLITANO STADIUM WITH THE STANDS EMPTY 22.

WANDA METROPOLITANO BENCH VALENCIA, SPAIN (FILE - MARCH 9, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 23.

VARIOUS EXTERIORS OF STADIUM MESTALLA VALENCIA 24.

VARIOUS OF VALENCIA CF LOGO ON GATES STORY: The Spanish soccer season, halted like most major sporting competitions due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, is unlikely to return until the summer, the country's health minister Salvador Illa said on Sunday (April 26).

La Liga president Javier Tebas has been bullish about the need to complete the campaign in order to avoid collective losses of up to one billion euros ($1.08 billion) and has given three potential re-start dates: May 29, June 7 or June 28.

The league has produced a protocol with strict guidelines for clubs to follow when training resumes while Spain's sports ministry has also set out a plan for a return to action in closed stadiums to boost the local economy.

But in Sunday's daily coronavirus briefing, Illa was careful not to set any date for a return.

"I cannot say now if professional football will be able to restart before the summer, it would be imprudent of me," he told a news conference.

The health minister added that La Liga's plans to provide daily COVID-19 tests for players, which have been criticised by the Spanish players' association for diverting resources from groups with greater need, requires government approval.

"There is an order from the health ministry which is in place for all types of groups, including professional football," he said.

"They have to put whatever type of diagnostic tests they have at the disposition of the regional governments." Over 23,000 people in Spain have died from the coronavirus but on Sunday the country posted its lowest daily death toll in over a month as children were allowed out to exercise in a relaxation of one of the strictest lockdowns in Europe.

But Illa urged citizens to remain cautious and realistic about the immediate future.

"We are going to see how things evolve before we decide how different professions will resume activities," he said.

"Things will not be like they were before.

Until we get a vaccine we're going to have to learn to live with this virus which I insist is dangerous and we cannot afford to show it a lack of respect." ($1 = 0.9242 euros) (Production: Stefan Haskins)




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