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Spain's footballers set to go on strike

Tue 6th Apr 2010 | Football Governance

It’s reported that the Spanish footballers’ association will decide whether to go on strike next weekend over the thorny issues of club debts and unpaid wages.

According to the Times newspaper, the date of the proposed strike is Saturday when Real Madrid take on Barcelona in a clash of the world’s biggest-spending clubs.

The strike is intended to draw attention to the plight of 85 per cent of footballers in Spain’s top three divisions whose wages are paid late or not at all. The reality of the financial situation in Spanish football is that Barcelona and Real earn more than four times as much from the domestic TV deal alone as any other La Liga side and their turnover is more than six times as high.

The “Spanish system” has been labeled as profoundly unequal and top-heavy. The reason the strike is being called is because of the massive debts which have been accumulated by the football clubs with their players, and reports indicate that the strike call will be supported completely by all the professional players.


At present, the AFE have decided to continue negotiating with the Spanish government's sports council (CSD), the Spanish football federation (RFEF) and professional football league (LNFP) in a bid to find a resolution to the demands of the players.

However, if an agreement is not reached then the AFE tonight announced plans for a strike by the players of the Primera, Segunda, Segunda B and Tercera Divisions, with the possibility of further action not being ruled out either.

AFE president Luis Manuel Rubiales, a former player at Levante, said: "Our rights, guarantees and salaries must not be begged for but demanded and the current situation is the most difficult of the last 20 years.

"We are sure that the AFE can achieve unity and solidarity in football, with firmness and generosity, whilst being open to dialogue."

He added: "We are aware that a strike is a not a positive measure, but neither is the situation faced by hundreds of footballers who have gone a year without taking home a wage.

"For this reason, there remains no other solution than to force what we believe is fair: the fulfilment of the agreements signed until last year."

 

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