MADRID (dpa-AFX) – Spain’s Minister of Health has ruled out a rapid restart of the Primera Division. “It would be ruthless to say now that professional football will be back before summer,” said Salvador Illa on Sunday. Football in Spain has been dormant since March 12 due to the corona virus crisis. The country is particularly hard hit by the pandemic with more than 22,000 deaths.
“We will continue to monitor (the virus) development and the guidelines we will present will show how various activities can return to normal,” said Illa. So far, professional football has been suspended at least until the end of May.
The health minister dampened expectations that the professionals could be tested daily, as requested by the league. “The tests have to be made available to the regional authorities, regardless of what type of test they are. It will be up to them to decide. We have to have a common strategy. We have to pull everyone in the same direction.” said Illa./aer/DP/he