The RFEF, the Spanish Football Federation, has announced its intention to suspend all Leagues from May 16.
A statement on the federation’s website points to a number of issues related to the national government, and says it raised the problems three months ago but they have not yet been resolved.
The RFEF complains of ‘continued interference’ from the CSD, the national sports council, the removal of the Secretary of State for Sport and the allocation and spending of money.
Also cited are inspections by the Hacienda, the tax agency, in relation to amateur clubs, regulations clubs are to abide by as per the CSD, and the recent television rights agreement that was signed into law.
The RFEF claim they were never allowed to make contributions to the agreement, which moved Spanish football closer to a collective rights deal, rather than the individual rights that have previously been sold.
They complain of a ‘lack of respect’ from the government, but make clear they are willing to speak with the government in an effort to avert the strike action.
It’s added, however, that the strike is to run ‘indefinitely’ and could extend to referees, officials, Coaches and regional federations.