Mounting speculation across the European media suggests that all La Liga fixtures for the remainder of the calendar year are likely to be played out with zero fan presence.
La Liga postponed
As COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc across the globe, the sporting world has been brought to almost a complete halt.
In a bid to prevent further spread of the virus amongst fans and players alike, the majority of high-profile competitions have postponed until further notice.
In Europe, one of the first tournaments to have announced such measures was La Liga.
On the back of a spike in cases throughout Spain, the RFEF came to the decision to call off Matchdays 28 and 29 of the season on the 12th of March.
This was soon followed by a further announcement, in which the Spanish football authorities confirmed that the 2019/20 La Liga campaign had been postponed indefinitely.
⚠ OFICIAL | La RFEF y @LaLiga ACUERDAN la suspensión de las competiciones profesionales hasta que las autoridades consideren que se pueden reanudar sin riesgo
— RFEF (@rfef) March 23, 2020
Spanish football behind closed doors until 2021?
As is the case throughout Europe, it has since remained altogether unclear when football may get back underway in Spain.
The country is currently the 2nd-hardest hit on the planet in terms of confirmed COVID-19 cases, at well over 200,000.
Even when La Liga is given the green light to resume, however, it looks unlikely, for the foreseeable future, to return to the passion-filled, atmospheric stage that fans and players alike have long become accustomed to.
If the current campaign, as is expected, does resume, the widespread assumption is that all remaining fixtures will be played out behind closed doors, to ensure maximum safety.
What had not been predicted, however, was the implementation of such measures for the remainder of the calendar year, and potentially beyond.
As outlined above, reports stemming from numerous outlets across Europe this evening suggest that La Liga’s clubs have been informed by the Spanish government that fan presences will be banned from all stadiums until 2021.
As per a report from Cadena Cope, cited by Sport:
‘Members of the Government have already unofficially informed Javier Tebas, president of the LFP, of their idea to prevent public access to stadiums until 2021.’
The likes of ESPN, meanwhile, have followed suit with a similar claim:
La Liga’s clubs have been told that football matches in Spain will be played behind closed doors until 2021, multiple sources have confirmed to ESPN. pic.twitter.com/LkRt4uMw5Q
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) April 23, 2020
This article was edited by Josh Barker.