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Spanish league strike underway as talks fail

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-08-17

A football strike seemed underway on Wednesday after the Spanish league and the football players’ union failed to reach an agreement that would guarantee payment of salaries. The players demand that a collective bargaining agreement be signed.

AP - The start to the Spanish league season looks likely to be delayed after the league and football players failed to agree to a deal to avoid a work-stoppage.

The Association of Spanish Football Players (AFE) said they will not play in Saturday’s first round unless a collective bargaining agreement is signed beforehand. The AFE and the league (LFP) met Wednesday but could not agree to a deal to guarantee payment of player salaries, the main sticking point.
 
LFP President Jose Luis Astiazaran said there remained “big difference” between the two sides “but we have to move forward. We’ve reached our breaking point. We can’t give more than what we have.”
 
“It’s a shame since we agree on 80 percent of the issues but because of 20 percent we find ourselves in this situation,” Astiazaran said. “We’ve achieved a lot lately ... but it will be impossible to avoid a strike.”
 
The two sides will meet again Friday with players from 42 teams in the top two divisions ready to continue the work stoppage through the second round of games - Aug. 27-29 - if necessary. The league wouldn’t begin until Sept. 10 if such a scenario occurred.
 
Players want better guarantees with clubs still owing up to €50 million ($72 million) in unpaid salaries to more than 200 players.
 
“The league does not want to bridge the gap,” AFE representative Luis Gil said. “In this moment the AFE has no intentions of extending the strike beyond the second round of games. But clubs who do not pay should be relegated.”
 
There are currently six clubs in bankruptcy protection in Spain’s top division, including all three recently promoted clubs. New legislation expected to pass in September will see clubs immediately relegated to the third division if they become insolvent.
 
It would be the fourth league strike but first since 1984.

 

Date created : 2011-08-17

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