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Spain Prime Minister Announces Return Date For LaLiga

Eden Hazard says he is happy to be back training with his Real Madrid team-mates and is aiming to be fully fit once La Liga returns.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has announced that LaLiga will be cleared to return to action as of 8 June, when it is anticipated the country will be in phase three of the national coronavirus de-escalation plan and inter-province travel will be permitted once more.

LaLiga will become the second of Europe's top five leagues to resume after the Bundesliga got their 2019/20 campaign back underway last weekend.

All organised football in Spain was provisionally suspended on March 12 although clubs in the top two divisions have since returned to group training. "The time has come to recover numerous daily activities". He stressed they could only proceed with clearance from health authorities, but the go-ahead from Sanchez means Spanish football will soon be up and running once more.

"CSD [National Sports Council] and agents were involved. But it is very important to follow the sanitary precautions and respect the evolution of the pandemic, we can not lower our guard".

Spain was among the nations worst affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, racking up more than 28,000 deaths from the disease. But the daily death toll has been steadily declining, with 56 deaths registered on Friday.

Meanwhile, Portugal's Primeira Liga will offer its followers a feast of summer football when it resumes on 3 June, with matches to be played nearly every day according to a new fixture list the league released today.

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. The losses if the league resumes with matches in empty stadiums would be about 300 million euros.

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