La Liga clubs free to start full training from Monday

Sevilla-Real Betis derby to mark return of La Liga

The kick-off times for the opening two rounds of games have also been announced, with the Seville derby between Sevilla and Real Betis the opening match on Thursday, June 11 at 10pm CET.

"The important thing will be when the season finishes although we'll only be able to congratulate ourselves when we start the following season", Tebas said on Friday in an online forum organized by Spanish newspaper Marca.

Barcelona will host Leganes on June 16 while Madrid take on Valencia in the capital two days later.

Leaders Barcelona travel to Real Mallorca in their first game back on Saturday June 13.

La Liga was suspended on March 12, when a state of emergency was declared, with players forced to train at home.

Tebas also gave details of a planned tribute to those who have died from the pandemic, whereby fans will be encouraged to make audio recordings of themselves applauding the victims, which will then be transmitted in the stadium and broadcast on television in the 20th minute of each match.

"We want next season to start September 12", La Liga president Javier Tebas told Movistar. Second-placed Real Madrid against Eibar and Athletic Bilbao versus Atletico Madrid are among the eye-catching matches on Sunday, June 14.

Like other European leagues that have resumed, matches will be behind closed doors and a strict safety protocol prepare by La Liga followed.

A phased relaxation of lockdown restrictions began this month, with players initially permitted to train individually before activities involving up to ten players began on May 18.

Information from Reuters was used in this story.



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