La Liga target June 11 return with Sevilla-Real Betis

La Liga president Javier Tebas hopes a derby between Sevilla and Real Betis will mark the return of the Spanish top flight on June 11 after being paused for three months due to coronavirus.

All organised football in Spain was suspended indefinitely on March 12 with the country among one of the hardest hit by the pandemic with 235,290 infections and 28,752 people dying.

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However, Spain is now set to join Germany and Portugal in resuming matches without spectators after Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said the league would be allowed to start again from June 8 along with other sectors of the economy.

All non-professional leagues have already been cancelled although clubs in the top two divisions have resumed training in groups of up to 10 players, with full squads in La Liga able to train from June 1.

“Our aim is to be able to announce the first four rounds of fixtures next week,” Tebas told Spanish television network Movistar on Sunday.

“There is a possibility that there is a game on June 11, which would be the only match that night and perhaps there will be a tribute to all the people who have died (from the virus).

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