Professional football in Spain already has the green light from the Ministry of Health to be able to carry out a coronavirus detection test on League players starting Monday, May 4. The Higher Sports Council (CSD) officially announced this Thursday to LaLiga, the Spanish Football Federation (FEF) and the players’ union (AFE) that Health «has validated practically all the health protocol (agreed with the clubs) », To carry out compulsory tests so that training can be resumed as soon as possible,« in any case, basic or individual ». Always at the expense of ministerial orders and the evolution of the pandemic, which will determine whether or not football returns, LaLiga’s intention is that the competition be resumed, at the latest, at the end of June behind closed doors.
Given the social pressure that claims that health professionals and other workers with a high risk of contagion must submit to tests before footballers, the Government and the body chaired by Javier Tebas assure that PCR tests will not be massive, but that only players who have symptoms or have lived with those infected with Covid-19 will submit to them. Even the most honored Olympic athletes in the country, the case of Saúl Craviotto, Mireia Belmonte and Lydia Valentín, showed this Thursday “their concern about the limitations that the Administration maintains in some sports to resume training and to access the coronavirus tests, although have no symptoms », as revealed by the Spanish Olympic Committee (COE), which is part of the so-called Task Force to Promote Sport (GTID) meeting this Thursday with the CSD.
During the telematic summit between the CSD and the body also made up of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atlético and Athletic, the association of basketball clubs and the players’ union, various federations, the CEOE and Cepyme, the world of Soccer, despite the fear that exists among the soccer players, finally received the permission that it so longed for regarding the tests. “The medical services of the professional league clubs, and always talking about the context of Phase 0 of the de-escalation plan, may carry out the diagnostic tests in accordance with the provisions of the ministerial order of April 13,” clarified the CSD.
The intention of LaLiga, which defends that “it will not do anything different from what other large leading companies in the country do to test their workers”, is to start carrying out the tests from Tuesday the 5th. Since the results take time 48 hours to meet, the League footballers could resume training individually, at best, between Thursday and Saturday next week. That is the wish of the club management, convinced, as Javier Tebas insists, that the season in Spanish professional football can end on July 31. In other words, as long as the government gave the definitive free rein, LaLiga estimates that, with matches every three days, the championship could restart even on the weekend of June 27 and 28. But, since “the advance or retreat in sport will depend on the evolution of the pandemic”, as the CSD reiterates, everything is still up in the air.