La Liga Football Players Go On Strike in Spain

La Liga football players are getting ready to strike at the start of the new Spanish football season.

Spanish players in the top two leagues of La Liga, who belong to the AFE (Association of Spanish Footballers), are going on strike after talks collapsed over the guaranteeing of wages.

The AFE want players to be able to break their contracts with clubs if they haven’t received any wages for 3 months in a row, and they want a guaranteed wage fund so that even if their club becomes insolvent they will still be paid.

Like many leagues, the Spanish league is littered with clubs who are not financially stable and, at the last count, 6 are under Spanish bankruptcy protection laws.

Millions of Euros are currently owed to around 200 players by clubs struggling to pay their high wage bills, a story echoing around much of Europe as football wages skyrocket year on year.

The row has been rumbling on for some time now. Players had initially threatened a strike last season over the distribution of TV money amongst other things, but talks then headed off the threat.

Wary of perceived broken promises, the AFE are unlikely to be dissuaded from carrying out strike action in last minute talks between the two sides.

The Spanish La Liga campaign was meant to kick off with Barcelona entertaining Malaga and Real Madrid facing Athletic Bilbao this week. Next weeks games are also under threat.


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