Player power in full force.
The start of the Spanish league season looks likely to be delayed after the players’ union and the league failed to agree a deal to avert a strike.
Players want a guaranteed wage fund where they would be paid even if their clubs become insolvent.
Six Spanish top-flight clubs are currently in bankruptcy protection.
League President Jose Luis Astiazaran said: “We’ve achieved a lot lately but it will be impossible to avoid a strike.”
The top division, La Liga, is set to start on the weekend of 20-21 August.
Second-tier club Hercules have struggled to pay some of their players recently, while Real Zaragoza applied for administration in the summer.
The AFE say that 200 players are owed money by clubs, with a total of £44m outstanding.
SOURCE: BBC Sport
Could something like this occur in the Premier League? La Liga has become embroiled in a row over where the liability lies in terms of clubs being unable to meet the demands of players contracts. There are big gaps between the top end of the division, where Barcelona and Real Madrid earn the lions share of revenue, and the lower reaches of the table where club’s are struggling for their very survival.
Last season a strike was called in relation to the distribution of television money but was averted at the last moment so hopefully La Liga officials/clubs will see sense and come to some sort of agreement before it’s too late.