The La Liga season is set to resume with a match between Sevilla and Real Betis, after three months of inactivity due to the effect of COVID-19. The proposed match is one known for it’s high delirious effect on fans.
The schedule for the resumption of the season is set as follows; 110 games to be played within 39 days, and clubs playing every three days for five and a half weeks.
Sevilla’s coach, Julen Lopetegui, in a statement on Wednesday, said “We can’t wait to return to competing. In circumstances that three months ago were unimaginable but today is the reality and we have to adapt. The derby is going to be played and we all know what it means. We have to respond.”
The Ramon Sanchez will be void of spectators on the day of the match, to keep to social distancing measures, the stands will be empty except for officials and substitute, who will be stretched out across rows. Those watching from home will still have a views of a normal match setting as there will be virtual spectators in the stands, and pseudo-cheering from virtual crowd, which will be extracted the computer game FIFA, which will be in tune with the action of the match.
The return of La Liga is expected to serve as a celebration measure and a source of reduced tension, as the number of deaths and infections are dropping.
The players are to be on face masks and have their temperature checked before entering the stadium, only about 270 people are to be allowed into the stadium, while about 600 police and security personnel will mount the outside perimeters until hours after the final whistle, to stop fans from flocking together, or to gather in large groups in closed spaces.
Real Betis coach, Rubi in a comment said “It is very important that they pay attention to what is asked of them, It will be the only time in their life that this will happen They have to live it 100 percent but while respecting the rules.”
Speaking on the expected performance of his team, Rubi also said
“We are not going to make any excuses about the unusual circumstances, the lack of fans or the small amount that we have trained, this is the situation and we have to face."