Modest football, stopped for at least two weeks by decision of the Spanish Federation. And the professional (First and Second Division), pending a meeting to be held this morning in Madrid between the League, the Federation, the footballers union (AFE) and different levels of the king’s sport, gathered urgently in the face of the health crisis caused by the spread of the coronavirus. In addition, the body chaired by Luis Rubiales decided to postpone the Copa del Rey final, according to the leaders of Real Sociedad and Athletic Club.
That is the current general panorama in the world of soccer, due to the global crisis due to the coronavirus, which has stopped sports and alters the routine of the system. The Spanish Football Federation decided yesterday what was expected and, after the commission that took place in Las Rozas announced the postponement of the next two days of Second B and Third, among other competitions, including futsal.
The national body explained its decision thus: “From the Federation we must guarantee the homogeneity of soccer competitions, integrity and the necessary competitive balance, and given that it has been verified that there is a real impossibility of playing soccer matches and developing training sessions in certain cities and / or territories of our country “.
The Federation, although it is not its power, is also in favor of postponing the next two days in professional football, in the hands of the League, which in the last hours received pressure from different levels in that regard. At the moment, the only postponed game of professional football is Mirandés-Numancia of this day, which was to be played on Saturday, at the request of the Castilla y León regional government.
In this climate of confusion, the Spanish Federation also chose to postpone the Cup final between Real Sociedad and Athletic, scheduled for April 18 at the La Cartuja stadium in Seville and for which a date is already being sought. Rubiales met with Aitor Elizegi, president of Athletic, and Jokin Aperribay, president of Real Sociedad and, according to various reports, they are considering playing in late May.
Meanwhile, UEFA also decided to postpone the first leg of the round of 16 of the Europa League Sevilla-Roma and Inter-Getafe, scheduled for today. The president of Getafe, Ángel Torres, had warned hours before that his team would not travel to Milan, assuming the consequences.
The president of the Asturian Federation, Maximino Martínez, who is also vice president of the Spanish Federation, was present yesterday at the federative meeting in Madrid. “We all agreed and we firmly believe in the decision. We hope that tomorrow’s meeting with the League (for today) will reach a consensus that goes along the same lines. Postponement seems the most reasonable option,” he explained to LA NEW SPAIN. Martínez knows first-hand the concerns of football and is optimistic for the future. “We are in contact with several First and Second clubs and they are all in favor of postponing. Because of that, I am optimistic and I think that most likely, professional category matches will be canceled in the coming weeks,” he said.
The Asturian teams with teams that play in Segunda B received the news of the postponement willingly yesterday. Luis Gallego, president of Marino de Luanco, pointed out regarding the postponement of the two parties that “it is a serious problem that the first we address it together, the better.” The maximum president willingly accepts the measures adapted to try to prevent the virus from spreading, however, he sees a detriment in what refers to the Luanquin club since “for a club like ours it does not benefit us at all to play Wednesdays and Sunday since we are nineteen players in the squad and the wear will be great. ” Luis Gallego’s wish is that “I hope that with these two days the problem is solved.”
Langreo president Víctor Fernández-Miranda defended the measure, which the club had requested with a public note a few hours earlier. “The logical thing was to suspend. There was no point in playing because the footballers are not immunized and the Peña Deportiva de Ibiza had to take three planes to come and play in Ganzábal,” he said. “The first thing is health. If you have to play on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, we don’t care. Also, our players didn’t want to play behind closed doors either,” he added. In addition, Langreo will suspend from today the training of all its teams, except for the Second B and Regional.
Samuel Baños, Sporting B coach, explained that “from the club all measures have been put in place to prevent health. We can only continue working on the day to be the best prepared on the day the competition starts again, which we hope make it soon, because it will mean that the situation has been brought under control. ” El Vetusta, a subsidiary of Oviedo that plays in Segunda B, did not want to assess the postponement, although it is in favor of the measure.
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