By Adedapo Adesanya
As the Spanish top-flight football league, La Liga, gets set for the June 8 resumption, Espanyol and Leganes have said fans holding current season tickets will be handed free passes for the entire 2020-2021 campaign.
This is to compensate for missing matches in the 2019/2020 season due to the shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The 20-team top-flight clubs are set to resume next month after being provisionally suspended in March with 11 rounds of matches remaining, but as in Germany’s Bundesliga, fans cannot attend the games in order to prevent further spread of the virus.
It is unclear when fans will be able to return to stadiums, with medical experts saying mass gatherings should be avoided until there is a vaccine, which is unlikely to be available until 2021.
With the two teams struggling at the bottom of the standings, it is possible that one or both sides could be playing in the second division next season.
“Leganes will automatically renew all its season ticket holders for the next season,” said a statement from the club, based in the satellite city of Leganes, just outside Madrid.
“Taking into account the implications that COVID-19 has brought to the country and specially the city of Leganes, the club wants to compensate its fans and season ticket holders.”
Barcelona based club side, Espanyol said that in addition to offering its 27,833 season ticket holders free 2020-2021 passes, they would also reimburse 20 percent of the value of their current season ticket to account for the matches they will miss.
After 27 matches, Barcelona top the table and have a two-point lead over Real Madrid in second place. Sevilla are in third place followed by Real Sociedad and Getafe in fourth and fifth respectively and are also in the race of a UEFA Champions League group stage spot.
Atletico Madrid are in sixth followed by Valencia, in a distance of the top six and a Europa League place.
As for relegation, Espanyol are 38 points behind its neighbours Barcelona and six points back of the 17th place held by Celta Vigo. Mallorca and Leganes are between the two and could escape the drop zone with wins. Eibar and Valladolid are also not clear of danger.
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