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The Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, announced this Saturday that LaLiga will return from June 8. A football in times of the coronavirus that will exist in another way, with changes that have demanded a pandemic that has blown up any type of forecast before its presence. What we have come to call new football has already made an appearance in the Bundesliga, where the ball has been rolling for a week, with striking modifications that will also extend to LaLiga, according to the protocol drawn up by the employers to comply with the requirements of the Ministry of Health. There will be logistical changes in the stadiums, changes in customs, news on the pitch and in the stands … This will be the new football that will be seen in Spain from June 8.

No audience

LaLiga will return, but without fans in the stands. On April 22, AS reported that Javier Tebas transferred to the clubs that the Government’s first intention (the evolution of the virus and a possible vaccine could change the position) is that there be no shows with the public until 2021. Who will be able to enter the stadium? The protocol distinguishes two categories of matches, depending on the importance and television deployment. Those who require greater technical needs would exceed 230 people; the rest would not exceed 200. In addition, the summoned players (for each team 23 may enter), the coaching staff, employees, a maximum of three senior management and any member of the Board or Council may access the stadium. As for the list of the local club, it also includes external providers (security, health services, maintenance, etc.): “It should be limited to strictly justified personnel, not exceeding a maximum of 100 people.” This also provides “access to external help in emergencies (fire, civil protection …).”

Test

In the access to the stadium the temperature will be measured to everyone who enters. As in the German league, LaLiga will test all players on the eve of matches. The rest of the people who fulfill some function in the organization and development of the matches will also be subjected to various controls to avoid possible contagion.

Hygiene: hydrogel, face masks on the benches …

“Players must change their equipment completely during the break from the match and deposit the used equipment in the clothes cubes arranged for it”, indicates the protocol. Hygiene plays an essential role in these new rules of competition return. Following the protocol of entry and exit to the field of play, players must use the disinfectant liquid dispenser when leaving the field and accessing the changing room area. “The disinfection of the hands of all team members is mandatory every time you enter and leave the field of play. To this end, alcoholic hydrogel dispensers will be placed at the entrance to the changing room tunnel and on the benches and in the place occupied by the fourth referee. The bench area will also be equipped to make returning to competition as safe as possible. It should be disinfected and sealed until the time to go out to heat. This area will also have alcoholic hydrogel dispensers and protective materials. In addition, the size of the benches will be extended, with a separation between the officer and that of the non-summoned. Players on the bench must wear a mask.

No greetings at the start of the match and no hugs

The traditional handrail is finished before each meeting. There will also be no greetings between the captains of both teams and the refereess. What does remain is the field draw. It is also recommended to avoid hugging when celebrating goals. A measure that could already be observed on the return of the Bundesliga. At the end of the match, nobody shakes hands.

Five changes

The International Board (FIFA) approved that five changes can be made in the 90 minutes of each match, and a sixth in the case that extensions are played. To avoid interruptions, each team will have three occasions to make the five substitutions, which can also be done during the break. If both teams make a substitution at the same time, one substitution opportunity will be subtracted from each. In the event that an extension is disputed, both teams will arrive at it with the number of substitutes and replacement opportunities that they have not used. This decision was made to preserve the health of the players in the face of the impact of the pandemic and because the games that are going to be held in the summer.

There will be VAR

Velasco Carballo, president of the Technical Referees Committee, confirmed on May 10 that the VAR will be maintained despite the IFAB’s permission to suppress it if the leagues want: “We did not consider it, nor did it cross our minds. We will not change the regulations, we believe that the competition should be ended with the same rules with which it started. “The Referee Committee has prepared a comprehensive protocol for the return to competition where it establishes when the tests will pass.” Our intention is to make a PCR to each referee and a test 48 hours before each game to be sure that they test negative before leaving their home. If they don’t test negative, they won’t be able to leave their house, “said the president. QThose who are in the VOR will also have to pass controls. Each room must be disinfected and each referee will have his own headphones and control knobs. They will not be able to leave the residence of Las Rozas towards the VOR if they do not pass a test and a temperature control.

Concentrations

Lack that Liga and AFE agree the conditions of the return in points as relevant as the concentrations. A majority of players oppose them. In principle, they would be, at least, for 15 days before the competition restarted, with strict hygiene measures and controls, and could be reproduced during the remaining 11 days depending on the circumstances. But, for the moment, it is in the air. Players’ negotiations with LaLuga continue. Last Friday they sat down to talk but there was no agreement.