La Liga president: Realistically no fans until 2021

La Liga could return in June with closed door games, which could be the norm for more than a half a year.

La Liga president Javier Tebas met with clubs from its top two tiers and warned them that there is a likelihood of no fans at their matches until 2021.

The lone hope against that is a vaccine, which is obviously the priority of the people the world over in every field.

Tebas wanted to make it clear so everyone was aware of the hit their incomes would take from lack of ticket sales. The clubs could lose 129.5 million euro (117 million from the first division and 12.5 million in the second).

This makes up just part of the loss they would face. LaLiga believe the losses could come to 956 million euro if they don’t return to play and 350 million euro if the games are played with no fans.

The difference of more than a half-billion euros shows why the closed-door matches will be played as soon as possible despite any talk about the spirit of the sport.

The intensity of an El Clasico without fans would take a hit, but there’s still be fire on the pitch. And, glass half-full, any further delay would ramp up the anticipation for a return to hallowed ground like the Camp Nou or the Bernabeu.