Spanish players extend strike over salaries

Updated: 23 August 2011 12:22 IST

Spanish league footballers will extend their strike over pay to the second day of the new season next weekend, the players' professional association said Monday.

Spanish players extend strike over salaries

Madrid:

Spanish league footballers will extend their strike over pay to the second day of the new season next weekend, the players' professional association said Monday.


"The strike will continue for the second day of the season," Luis Gil, spokesman for the Association of Spanish Footballers (AFE), said after the latest negotiations at the AFE's headquarters.

"The main problem remains the salaries that have not been paid to players," Gil added. "I understand that people want to see football, but we must first think of the footballers who are having a tough time."

Spain's top football clubs had been meeting with players to prevent the strike spreading to a second match day in the lucrative Primera Liga, with hundreds of players complaining they have not been paid.

"The two sides remain very far from agreement but we are continuing to work" for a solution, Gil told reporters.

The vice-president of the Professional Football League (LFP), Francisco Catalan, added: "I think that something positive can come from today's meeting," without giving details.

Catalan said there would be a further meeting between the league and the players' association on Tuesday.

Players in the first and second divisions -- including stars such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo -- went on strike on the first match day Saturday and delayed the season start for the first time in 27 years.

The AFE is demanding a wage guarantee and that players be allowed to break their contracts if they are not paid for three consecutive months, a proposal rejected by the league.

"We are still very far from agreement on the guarantees," Gil said.

LFP president Jose Luis Astiazaran said: "We have always said we are at the limit of our financial capacities," but insisted: "We are going to try to find compromises."

According to the AFE, 200 players in the top two divisions have not been fully paid by cash-strapped clubs, some in bankruptcy protection, and are owed a total of about 50 million euros ($72 million).

It is not clear if the league will try to squeeze missed matches into an already packed schedule or just scrap them.



Topics : Football
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