Eibar players and staff fear new outbreak of La Liga restart

MADRID: Players and coaching staff of the league attire Eibar He said Tuesday that they fear that restarting competitive matches could contribute to a new outbreak of the coronavirus in Spain.

In a statement released independently of the club, Eibar 's players and coaches said it would be impossible to physically distance themselves from each other, as recommended by the Spanish government.

Eibar , who sit 16th in the table, are aware of the statement but have said they will still adhere to the timetable set out by the league for training and then matches to return.

We are afraid to start an activity where we will not be able to meet the first recommendation of all experts, which is physical distancing, said Eibar 's players and coaching staff in a statement.

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"We are concerned that by doing what we love most, we could catch the virus, infect our family and friends, and even contribute to a new outbreak of the epidemic, with the terrible consequences that would have for the entire population.

The priority must be everyone's health and it is time for that idea to prevail with deeds, not just words. Only with that clear premise would it make sense to return to competition. We ask for guarantees. We demand responsibility.

Later, the league defended the move to restart the campaign.

Of course, we understand that people have various emotions, including fear. This is an unprecedented moment, he said in a statement.

Sin embargo, estamos tomando muchas precauciones para un regreso seguro y controlado of the fútbol. Jugar al fútbol será más seguro que, por ejemplo, ir al supermercado o la farmacia.

Players in Spain's top flight undergo tests and work individually on training grounds this week as part of a plan to gradually advance in groups, with the goal of resuming closed-door games in June.

Spain has been one of the worst-hit countries in the world by the coronavirus pandemic. There have been 25,613 deaths in the country, according to the latest figures on Tuesday.

As part of the government's de-escalation programme, adults were allowed outside to exercise last weekend for the first time in seven weeks.

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