The Star (Kenya)

Sea­son opener de­layed due to reschedul­ing row

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MADRID/ The first game of the new La Liga sea­son be­tween Granada and Ath­letic Bil­bao set for Fri­day (today) has been post­poned by a day af­ter a judge from the Spanish soc­cer fed­er­a­tion ruled that matches could not take place on Fri­days or Mon­days.

La Liga said in a state­ment they would ap­peal the de­ci­sion to en­sure matches could take place out­side of week­ends for the sec­ond round of fix­tures, but con­firmed the Granada v Ath­letic Bil­bao game would now be held on Satur­day.

The first game of the new cam­paign will now be Eibar’s home fix­ture with Celta Vigo on Satur­day at 4 p.m. lo­cal time (1400 GMT), with the Granada-ath­letic Bil­bao match tak­ing place later in the day at 6:30 p.m. The Alaves v Real Betis match, orig­i­nally due to be held on Mon­day, would take place on Sun­day in­stead, added La Liga.

Spain’s big­gest soc­cer in­sti­tu­tions have long been at odds over the is­sue of mov­ing fix­tures sched­uled to be played at the week­end to a Mon­day or Fri­day. League pres­i­dent Javier Te­bas has said the matches at­tract more tele­vi­sion view­ers and add value to broad­cast­ing rights’ deals, but fed­er­a­tion chief Luis Ru­biales says the games are harder for fans to at­tend.

The two in­sti­tu­tions agreed a tem­po­rary cease­fire on the is­sue when the sea­son re-started in June as fans could not at­tend matches due to Covid-19 re­stric­tions. And while spec­ta­tors are still not al­lowed at matches the is­sue has reared its head again.

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