By Alex Trelinski • 26 April 2020 • 10:58
UK football fans in Spain have been left shocked at bully boy tactics being deployed by La Liga’s chief over clubs that have fears over the coronavirus.
La Liga president Javier Tebas has once again courted controversy by suggesting that once the league fixtures resume, any club that refuses to play a match because of fears over Covid-19, will automatically lose the points from the game.
There is no imminent declared date for football to return to Spain, but La Liga are worried that they could lose around a billion euros from unfulfilled TV deals.
Tebas made the comments not long after the players union in Spain wrote a letter to La Liga asking whether it was morally right that its members would be subjected to a string of coronavirus tests ahead of the return of training and matches, whilst key Spanish workers were being “left out in the cold.”
The union suggested that the Spanish public would take a dim view over a wrong of sense of priority over Covid-19 testing, and it would reinforce a stereotype that footballers are privileged and selfish.
Tebas has said that players would get “written guarantees” over their safety in a bid to win them over.
Leagues across Europe like in the Netherlands are starting to scrap their suspended campaigns, and the continent’s footballing body, UEFA, was forced last week to step back from threatening countries like Belgium with removal from the Champions League, if they did not finish their remaining fixtures
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