La Liga players announce strike

The Spanish professional footballers association, the AFE, has voted to strike for the first two matches of the upcoming season over unresolved issues surrounding wage protection and collective bargaining for television payment.

The president of the players’ union Luis Rubiales announced the decision with Iker Casillas, Xabi Alonso, Carlos Puyol and Valencia’s David Albelda by his side.

Players are demanding wage protection to prevent similar events such as those that occured at Hercules this season when players went without payment for periods as the club battle insolvency.

In the second division several clubs are struggling financially and it is thought that a number will enter administration in the coming months leading players to seek assurances that their wages will be protected..

The issue of television rights has long been debated in Spanish football and a strike over the issue was only averted at the last minute last season.

Unlike most other leagues the Spanish clubs hold their own bargaining rights for matches and as such the current system is heavily skewed in favour of the bigger clubs, Barcelona and Real Madrid in particular can command huge fees for their matches which are not shared out amongst the other clubs.

La Liga fixtures were scheduled to resume on the weekend of the 20th and 21st of August.

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