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"It would be wrong for me to say that football will return in the summer"

Spain's minister for health Salvador Illa was cautious on the possibility of LaLiga making a return in the forthcoming months at today's Covid-19 briefing session.

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Spanish minister for health Salvador Illa adopted a cautious approach on any potential return for  LaLiga in his daily coronavirus briefing. "I really can't say at this point if professional football will return ahead of the summer, it would be imprudent on my behalf to offer a definitive view". The minister requested that the was a period of patience in monitoring the evolution of the pandemic was observed before a return to professional sports could be resumed.

Illa did warn that as we move towards a 'new normality', things will not be as they were before.

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The minister did comment on the possibility of each player being regularly tested and stated: "There is a governmental directive that affects professional football in that the matter of testing will be administered by the autonomous governments" and concluded observing his optimism that in a period of 15 days, the country would lift the current state of alarm that was imposed mid-March as a a response to the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus in Spain.

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