Football in Spain has been temporarily put on hold as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the possibility that no more games could be played in what remains of the 2019-20 season, the champions of LaLiga and those who will drop down a division is up in the air and RFEF president Luis Rubiales has confirmed that there are four possible scenarios. In two of them, Barcelona would end as champions of LaLiga and Cádiz as champions of the Second Division, gaining automatic promotion to LaLiga Santander. The final decision will be made on 25 March by a commission formed by members of the RFEF and LaLiga. If both parties cannot reach an agreement, Rubiales will make the final decision.
Who would decide the outcome of LaLiga Santander and LaLiga SmartBank?
According to the Coordination Agreement signed by Javier Tebas and Luis Rubiales in July 2019, the final standings of both divisions would have to be decided by mutual agreement by LaLiga and the RFEF, under Article VI of the agreement.
First scenario: Play all of the remaining games
LaLiga has postponed the next two matchdays of the competition (Weeks 28 and 29 in the LaLiga Santander and 32 and 33 in LaLiga SmartBank). That measure will be in place for the next fortnight but could be extended if necessary. The main problem with regards to completing all 38 games is the calendar – there simply wouldn’t be enough dates available for the games to take place. Decisions made during the