Spanish football’s top flight division La Liga can return to action from 8 June after being disrupted by the novel coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said.

All organised football in Spain was provisionally suspended on 12 March although clubs in the top two divisions have since returned to group training.

La Liga has yet to officially confirm a date on which it will resume, although its president Javier Tebas had said previously he hoped the season could do so from 12 June.

“We are very happy with the decision, but it is the result of the great work of clubs, players, coaches… CSD (National Sports Council) and agents involved,” Tebas said on Twitter.

“But it is very important to follow the health rules and that the evolution of the pandemic respects us. We cannot let our guard down.”

Germany’s Bundesliga became the first major European football league to resume on 16 May, with matches played without fans.

Players in the English Premier League have returned to small group training with their clubs ahead of a possible resumption in June, although nothing has so far been agreed.

The Italian government will decide on 28 May if and when the Serie A season can resume. The French season was called off by the government, and Paris St Germain were crowned champions.

La Liga was suspended with 11 rounds of fixtures still to be completed. Barcelona lead the table, two points above Real Madrid, with Sevilla 11 points back in third place.

In his address on Saturday, Sanchez said that “new horizons” could now open after Spain “has done what it needed to do.”

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