Wednesday-2020-05-27 | 06:01 am sport
Espanyol and Leganes fans holding current season tickets
will be handed free passes for the entire 2020-2021 campaign to compensate for
missing matches due to the shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the two
La Liga clubs said on Tuesday.
The Spanish top-flight is set to resume in June 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.
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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 the same name just outside Madrid.
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"Taking into account the implications that COVID-19 has
brought to the country and especially the city of Leganes, the club wants to
compensate its fans and season ticket holders.”
Barcelona side Espanyol said that in addition to offering
its 27,833 season ticket holders free 2020-2021 passes, they would also
reimburse 20% of the value of their current season ticket to account for the
matches they will miss.
Earlier this month, Getafe became the first Spanish
top-flight club to offer season ticket holders free passes for the following