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La Liga and Spanish Federation agree to use TV money to help other sports

Richie McCormack
Richie McCormack

4:18 PM - 20 Apr 2020



La Liga and the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) have reached an agreement for a return to training, once it's safe to do so. 

A summit with Spain's High Council of Sport (CSD) also produced a plan to sports hardest hit by the COVID-19 shutdown.

Football in Spain remains in a state of suspended animation as a result of the pandemic.

20,852 people have died of coronavirus in Spain, but the daily figures are continuing to trend downwards.

Pedro Simon is the director of the Spanish Health Ministry’s Coordination Centre for Health Alerts and says the country has significantly increased level of PCR testing - the most reliable for coronavirus testing.

"We have gone from 200,000 [tests] to 700,000 [in a week]. We are doing nearly four times as many PCR tests, but the infection rate is falling a lot, even more than what we thought."

Earlier this month, La Liga president Javier Tebas envisaged a resumption of La Liga in late-May or more likely in June.

Saturday's eight-hour meeting decreed that teams can resume training subject to the development of the COVID-19 pandemic, and decisions made by the Health Ministry.

Training will only be allowed to happen "under strict medical protocols".

Tebas, along with RFEF president Akpan Rubiales and CSD council president Irene Lozano vowed to financially help Olympic and Paralympic sports hit by the Tokyo 2020 postponement.

They've collectively agreed to set aside part of their media rights income to aid those sports.

On top of that, they'll create a €10million contingency fund to help Spain's more financially vulnerable athletes.

Seemingly keen to bring to an end regular butting of heads between the RFEF and La Liga, the meeting at the Viana Palace also reached agreement to draft "a code of conduct of football, applicable to all its directors, managers and agents, that can serve as a reference for other professional sports, and to strengthen an honest and sincere dialogue and provide good relations between the various institutions of football."



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