Spain’s league programme will go ahead as planned this weekend after a Madrid court upheld a challenge by six clubs against a proposed strike.
The country’s professional league had called for a walk-out in protest over a rule that states one match per week must be shown for free on television.
But clubs including Sevilla and Villarreal mounted a legal challenge against the proposal.
The strike would have meant the Spanish season being extended by three weeks.
But the court’s ruling means Real Madrid will now face Sporting Gijon on Saturday, three days before their Champions League quarter-final first-leg meeting with Tottenham.
Spain’s Liga de Futbol Profesional (LFP) announced its intention to strike in February as it sought to get the 1997 broadcasting law revoked.
The league argued that removing the obligation to show one match on free-to-air television would allow them to negotiate more lucrative deals with pay-TV channels.
Negotiations with political leaders followed in an effort to find a solution, but the LFP last week reiterated its decision to walk out on the weekend of 2-3 April.
That prompted the six “rebel” clubs – Sevilla, Villarreal, Athletic Bilbao, Real Sociedad, Espanyol and Zaragoza – to break ranks and mount a legal challenge. (BBC Sport)
This is interesting, it seems that the so called ‘lesser’ clubs won their case and showed that they are more than able to prevent the ‘big two’ from forcing upon them a ruling that they did not agree with. It seems that six clubs felt that the obligation to show one match on free-to-air was a just one and for that they should be applauded. Clearly other La Liga sides merely wanted to earn yet more money from a TV deal rather than allow those who are not connected to a satellite or cable provider from watching matches.
The fact that a league can call for a strike when it does not have the blessing of a large chunk of the teams that belong to that league is frankly shocking and it is good to see that the Madrid court also sees it that way.