President of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) Luis Rubiales has insisted that the season must be finished.

All professional football in Spain has been suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus outbreak and the country is in a state of emergency.

"I've had a conference with all the territories," Rubiales said during a press conference.

"All of football is united and has accepted the adopted measures.

"On a sporting level, all the competitions are suspended and we're not thinking about [new] dates nor are we making predictions.

"When the moment comes, it will be looked at, but we're not going to set dates from now on.

"When football returns, when society returns to normal, we'll talk. We'll have to give the protagonists the possibility of competing in the best conditions.

"We're not going to elaborate on schedules. We don't like being fortune-tellers. There are lots of victims. We can't put a [date] limit in place.

"Alongside LaLiga, we wrote a statement and we didn't fix up any date for the return of football.

"We've stood up for one because a season has to be completed, but there are thoughts of not causing disruptions to two seasons.

"The priority is to complete the season.

"We can't just relegate teams now. Teams have to be promoted by right.

"There are hundreds of teams waiting to complete the season.

"When the country recovers, that will be the moment to complete the current season.

"Let's hope I'm mistaken and that we can play at the start of May. I don't think that'll be possible, but I'd love to be proved wrong. We'll have to extend the calendar.

"The objective is to save this season. That's our idea.

"Whichever teams win or lose, they [should] do it on the field of play.

"The same goes with regional football and the lower leagues.

"The referees are also there and they're on football's side.

"Reduce the calendar? We've already reduced the calendar with the Copa [del Rey]. We have to come to an agreement between UEFA, FIFA and the other confederations."

As well as give an update on the football season, Rubiales wanted to send a message of support amidst the coronavirus crisis.

"We're sending a message of encouragement to everyone," he said.

"I'm living at home alone, working a lot, speaking to lots of people. I miss my daughters, my family. It's what we have to do - be united and isolated. It's the only way of beating this virus.

"Football is of very little importance right now in the global problem we have. Despite this, we have to keep working for football.

"From the Federation, we're all at the service of the institutions. We'll do our best to help but, if we can do more, we'll do it.

"We've ordered a medical report so to know what to do when everything is back to normal.

"The Federation's hotel is available to the authorities for what they want to do.

"The professionals who are helping people needs help and we've offered physios and psychologists to help them.

"We'll return when it's possible, not before."

Sezione: Otras Noticias / Data: Jue 26 Marzo 2020 a las 00:01 / Fuente: Marca
Autore: Stefano Bentivogli
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