?Barcelona will refuse to return to playing football until the safety of their players can be guaranteed – a stance which has been supported by six other clubs, with La Liga currently planning a return.
Spain’s top flight is currently considering a return in June, but games are expected to be played behind closed doors until 2021 and stadiums will only reopen ‘under strict safety measures’ in the new year.
Clubs in La Liga are acutely aware what financial impact any more delay to the football calendar could have, but Sport report that Barcelona and at least six other clubs will refuse to continue the 2019/20 season until there are guarantees over player safety.
La Liga have already delayed the planned date for a return to training across Spain, and Barcelona will submit a proposal over the issue to the club’s board of directors this weekend for approval.
Sport add that the league could threaten to sanction teams who do not return when they plan to, but Barcelona will refuse to budge from their stance – which has the support of half the teams in La Liga – and follow the Ministry of Health’s guidelines.
Another report from Sport has already outlined how Barcelona will be conducting their own in-house testing for the coronavirus on Tuesday.
Players and staff will be forced to travel to the club’s training complex for testing, but it’s stressed all the examinations can be done without anyone leaving their vehicles.
Barcelona haven’t played a match since 7 March, where they secured a 1-0 win over Real Sociedad to maintain a two-point lead at the top of La Liga.
Real Madrid are within two points of top spot and even won the most recent Clásico, while Sevilla, Getafe, Real Sociedad and Atletico Madrid are fighting for the remaining Champions League spots.
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