When the 2019-20 seasons resumes, Spanish football will remember victims of the coronavirus pandemic with a minute’s silence before every remaining match.
The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and LaLiga declared on Sunday that teams would pause for a moment of reflection before games from LaLiga down to amateur level.
Spain has suffered more than 27,000 deaths from coronavirus, and LaLiga teams will pay their respects with silence as the season resumes.
A joint RFEF and LaLiga statement read: “The RFEF and LaLiga have announced that upon the return of football, in all professional and non-professional competitions, a minute of silence will be held before all matches in memory of those who have died from COVID-19.
“Both organisations have reached an agreement to pay a sincere tribute during this season to all those who have left us because of the pandemic, as well as their families.
“That is why from this very Wednesday, in the resumption of Rayo Vallecano-Albacete as in the rest of LaLiga Santander and LaLiga SmartBank [Segunda Division] matches, as well as in the play-offs for promotion to LaLiga Santander and Segunda B, the world of football will remember the deceased with 60 seconds of mourning before the start of the matches.”
Football is set to resume in Spain in the coming week after a three-month interruption, with LaLiga back on Thursday with Seville ‘s home derby against Real Betis.
The Barcelona leaders resume on Saturday at Real Mallorca, while the second-placed Real Madrid faces Eibar on Sunday at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The resumption’s first competitive game will be a second-tier battle between Rayo Vallecano and Albacete on Wednesday when the teams will contest the second 45 minutes of a game left out in December.