Spain's LaLiga cleared to resume in June

Lionel Messi and Barcelona have been given permission to restart La Liga next month

While the top tier, La Liga, can play from this date, it has already said it wants to resume play on June 12.

Teams have been in training for a couple weeks now, which gave an indication that competitive football would soon be on the horizon.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced Saturday that the soccer league in Spain will be allowed to resume from June 8.

The league is expected to resume behind closed doors, with FC Barcelona and Real Madrid to continue to their fight for the league title.

"Spain has done what it should and now new horizons are opening for everyone", he said.

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

"I hope for some sense from the Spanish Football Federation on this, because it's very important for us to be able to give both our national and worldwide broadcasters, and fans across the world, football on as many days as possible to ensure as little disruption as possible".

The announcement means LaLiga should become the second of Europe's "Big Five" professional to resume after the German Bundesliga restarted last week. The French Ligue 1 season has been declared over.

La Liga president Javier Tebas tweeted his support of the premier's decision, saying: "We are very happy with the decision, it is the result of the great work of clubs, players, coaches. But it is very important to follow the sanitary precautions and respect the evolution of the pandemic, we can not lower our guard".

Spain is one of the countries worst affected by the coronavirus outbreak, with more than 28,000 deaths and more than 234,000 cases of infection diagnosed. But the daily death toll has been steadily declining, with only 56 deaths registered on Friday.

Porto lead the 18-team table with 60 points from 24 matches, one ahead of bitter rivals Benfica, with Braga a further 13 points adrift in third.

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