April 3rd Fixtures to be postponed.
The Spanish league season may end three weeks later than planned after the next round of matches was postponed because of a dispute over television revenue.
Clubs want a law, which says at least one game a week must be on terrestrial free-to-air television, to be revoked.
But on Wednesday the Liga de Futbol Professional (LFP) cited a “lack of progress” in talks with the Spanish government to resolve the problem.
They now say, as things stand, the games will be played on 12 June.
That date is three weeks after the league season is scheduled to end.
“The board of the LFP was informed of a lack of progress in the negotiations the league has initiated with the government, the Higher Sports Council and parliamentary groups involving a grievance with respect to other sectors,” said a statement.
“Therefore, the LFP has upheld the decision taken at the last general assembly on 11 February, which agreed to postpone the round to be played on 3 April until there is a palpable evolution in dialogue.”
The stoppage will affect Spain’s first and second division, although not all clubs appear to support the move.
Reports in Spain say there may be further legal moves by clubs who want to play, with Marca newspaper reporting that six – Sevilla, Villarreal, Athletic Bilbao, Real Sociedad, Espanyol and Zaragoza – have asked a court in Madrid to order the games to go ahead.
SOURCE: BBC Sport
This is an interesting development. There have been discussions of possible strike action for some months and now it appears that not only will the planned downing of tools occur but that there appears to be a split in relation to which teams support the strike and which ones do not.
The idea that one round of games should be shown on free-to-air television sounds like a very reasonable and moral one, but clearly some club’s are not happy about the loss of revenue, but some clubs are willing to lose such funds and are happy to play.
Even more interesting is the fact that two of the sides who want the games to go ahead are playing each other on that weekend, Sevilla and Real Zaragoza. Will they break the strike lines and play?