LFP to decide on Liga strike

The Spanish League (LFP) will decide at a meeting on Wednesday whether to call a strike for the weekend of April 18-19.

These are the dates football’s representatives have set aside for the League to come to a halt and, if approved, no football will take place in Spain’s top two divisions that weekend.

The reason for the proposed strike is the delay in the introduction of a new law which would regulate a centralised television rights agreement.

A large number of the 42 clubs, particularly the smaller ones represented at the meeting – to be held in Barcelona – are in favour of the measure as they feel let down by a law promised them some months ago.

The bigger clubs, although they are keen to see the implementation of the new law, are not as eager to suspend the fixture list as there is a lack of available dates to re-schedule games, with May 20 being the only practical date to play Week 32’s matches.

The LFP announced on February 6 that football would be stopped if the new law was not passed within 15 days, yet almost seven weeks have passed since then and all 42 of its members will now be asked to vote on the stoppage.

According to AS, the Spanish government hopes to make a statement on the issue shortly, while it is uncertain who will be showing domestic football next season as the contract with current rights holders, Canal Plus and Mediapro, runs out in June.

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