La Liga plunged into uncertainty as government ‘bans’ fans until 2021

La Liga president Javier Tebas has suggested there will be no matches played in front of supporters in the division until next year amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Spain has been one of the worst-hit countries in Europe by Covid-19, and the lockdown imposed by the government looks set to continue into next month.

It could, therefore, be some time until football resumes, and according to Barcelona-based publication Sport Tebas told club bosses via a video call on Wednesday to prepare for the possibility of fans not returning until 2021.

The lack of matchday revenue for teams is set to have a catastrophic financial impact, with an estimated total figure of £306m being lost up to this point.

It remains to be seen whether La Liga will return to action behind closed doors in the near future, but Tebas' warning is the latest development as top divisions all around Europe try to decide how to handle the remainder of their campaigns.

The Netherlands' Eredivisie announced on Friday that their season would effectively be nulled and voided, with no title winner and no teams relegated.

They have followed the lead of Belgium, who have also cancelled their season, but there is hope coming from Germany, with the Bundesliga hoping they can resume by May 9.

The German Football League (DFL) chief executive Christian Seifert said on Thursday: "If we start on 9 May, we are ready. If it is later, we will be ready again.

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