Swiss sports return date set

Switzerland's decision offers some relief for sports betting.
Switzerland's decision offers some relief for sports betting.

Switzerland has set a return date for sport in the country, offering some relief for sports betting operators.

Switzerland.- Switzerland has offered some relief for sports betting, becoming one of the first countries to set a date for sporting events to return amid the on-going Coronavirus pandemic.

While France has joined Belgium and Holland in writing off its 2019-20 football season, Switzerland has announced a return of sports on June 8. Events will be held without spectators.

The Swiss Super League, the country’s top football league, was the first major professional league in Europe to suspend all matches because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

It suspended games on March 2 after the Swiss Federal Council halted all events with more than 1,000 people.

Belgium, Holland and France have already cancelled the end of the season for their main football leagues, although France has confirmed the postponed Tour de France cycle race will take place in August.

But Italy’s sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora this week has cast doubt on a conclusion to the country’s Serie A.

Other western European countries are keen to restart but have yet to set dates.

Germany’s Bundesliga is looking at a possible May 9 restart. The UK has launched Project Restart with a tentative goal of resuming the Premier League in June.

In Spain, La Liga President Javier Tebas has declared hopes to conclude the league starting from May 29 or June 6, with games being played every 48 hours.

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