The world is finally on a steady path towards recovery and with football soon to fully return to LaLiga, fans were given a safety protocol they must adhere to if they are to visit the stands.
It’s been months since we’ve last seen someone kick a ball back in Spain but the teams will officially return to action on 11 June with the Seville derby. For Barcelona, however, their grand return will be marked by a visit to Mallorca.
According to a recent article published by Cuatro, the Ministry of Health is considering the return of the fans to the stadiums in phase 3 and they will be conducting a risk assessment prior to that to ensure the right conditions are met for such a big step.
With that in mind, the same outlet also listed some key things as the fans were given a safety protocol they must follow when returning to watch live football.
Cuatro state the following protocols will be in place:
• 2 meters of distancing
• Three seats of space between fans
• Mandatory use of masks
• Measurement of body temperatures before and after the games
Naturally, with a much different seating arrangement, the stands could also be divided into three different zones: blue, green and red. The green one is reserved for the 94 official bodies, including players, coaching staff, medical teams, police and private security of the clubs. They also state the red one will be located outside the stadium.
And with all of that in mind, this is how the Camp Nou stands might look like with groups of fans watching the game, courtesy of Cuatro as well:
? — It is expected that the fans will be seated like the following at the Camp Nou when La Liga returns:— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) June 3, 2020
Football in LaLiga is edging ever closer and that is definitely great news for the fans but the initial phase of return could still be quite rough and it will take some getting used to.
That is, however, a small price to pay considering everything the world has been through in recent months.
Barcelona have spent a record 1 billion Euros in last five seasons
At this point, practically everyone not living under a rock knows Barcelona are struggling financially. Part of that issue is certainly the ongoing pandemic, which has put more than just a dent in everyone’s wallets. However, the other part of that problem was also self-inflicted when it comes to the Catalan giants.
According to Carrusel Deportivo‘s latest report, Barcelona have spent a record one billion euros in the last five seasons on the market. They’ve gathered the information from Transfermarkt and their data source of spendings to create a list of teams who have spent the most in recent times.
And with a total of 1.057 million euros thrown down the drain, Barcelona have convincingly taken the first spot. Of course, this is not exactly a race you want to be leading or winning, for that matter. Manchester City are just behind them with €952M and Juventus are third with €941M.
Interestingly, Real Madrid are the ones who have lost the least amount, ‘only’ €47M, which is indeed pocket change compared to Barcelona’s €367M. Still, it has to be noted that the Catalans are also the club with the second-highest income in the last five years, €690M to be more precise, but that is so heavily outweighed by the losses that it hardly makes a difference.
When we take all of that into account, it really does become crystal clear why they are in such a mess in the first place. Needless to say, whoever wins the elections in less than a week’s time will have a mountain to climb to get the club out of this mess.
But we should also understand that kind of a job is not something you can solve quickly. It may take a couple of seasons of good and sensible business to bring Barcelona back from the brink.
Still, it is possible and with the right leadership, it should inevitably happen.