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Spanish government contemplates return of fans for 2020-21

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MADRID (AP) — Spain’s top sports government official says fans may be back in soccer stadiums beginning next season. Irene Lozano, president of the Spanish…
MADRID (AP) — Spain’s top sports government official says fans may be back in soccer stadiums beginning next season.
Irene Lozano, president of the Spanish Sports Council, believes that conditions could be in place by the fall to allow fans back, with some restrictions.
“We haven’t ruled that out,” she said in an interview with radio network COPE late Tuesday. “Depending on how the epidemic progresses and how the situation progresses, we can start looking into putting a certain number of fans into the stadiums next season.”
The Spanish league is expected to resume — without fans — on the second weekend of June, nearly three months after it was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Right now, the main goal is to be able to finish this season,” she said. “And it is clear that the best option now is to do it with matches behind closed doors. But we have to take into consideration that as we return to a new normality, having fans back in the stadiums can be done, as long as we follow the health safety measures in place.”
Lozano said she expects only parts of stadiums to be filled at first, with social distancing guidelines and protective materials such as gloves and masks likely still required.

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