Rafa Ramos, president of the association of Spanish football club doctors says all material including balls and the pitches will have to be sterilised when La Liga and other Spanish football leagues returns in order to decrease the chances of players getting infected by the deadly coronavirus.
“All the material, even the pitches, will have to be sterilised before a match, at halftime and afterwards,” Ramos told El Pais newspaper on Sunday.
“It’s possible to be infected by an unknown ball but when you are struck by a sterilised ball on a sterilised surface it’s very hard to get infected.”
“The players will have had eight weeks without competing, cooped up in their homes and not all of them have big houses where they can do fitness training,” added Ramos
“We don’t know how long they’ll take to recover without seeing an increase in injuries, so we’ll have to extend the period as long as is necessary to ensure the risks are minimal.”
Meanwhile, Spain health minister, Salvador Illa, said sport including top-flight football in Spain is unlikely to return until the summer.
La Liga has been suspended since March 10 due to the pandemic and a date for a return is yet to be set.
However, the La Liga president, Javier Tebas, insists that the current La Liga campaign must be completed as he put on the table three possible re-start dates: 29 May, 7 June and 28 June.
“I’m convinced that we’re going to complete the season and that we’ll have space to start and finish the next one in time,” Tebas said in a video conference call on Adea Conecta.
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