Thursday 22 March 2018

La Liga season thrown into doubt over strike threat

End of La Liga season in doubt after Spanish Football Federation threaten strike action
End of La Liga season in doubt after Spanish Football Federation threaten strike action Newsdesk

The climax of the La Liga season was thrown into doubt last night after the Spanish football federation suspended all domestic competitions indefinitely from May 16 over a row with the government which includes issues with TV rights.

The RFEF said in a statement on its official website that it is unhappy with the award of just 4.55pc of pools revenue from the Spanish government, but that it is open to discussions.

If the strike takes place, it means the Copa del Rey final between Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao on May 30 will be affected, as well as the final two rounds of Primera Division action.

The statement said: "The board of directors of the RFEF announce the indefinite suspension of all competitions from May 16.

"The association of Spanish footballers has informed us of its decision to call a strike the next dates of 16-17 of May and of an indefinite time.

"In the same way, representatives from the referees' union and coaches as well as the federations in the sphere of autonomy, have told us they have no intention of participating in the competitions.

"At the same time, and once more, we reiterate the offer of dialogue on behalf of the RFEF to the government of Spain."

With three games to go Barcelona are two points clear of Real Madrid at the top of the league. Barca are due to play Atletico Madrid on May 17 and Deportivo on May 24, while Real face Espanyol and Getafe in their final two league games.

Irish Independent

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