Tebas issues La Liga ultimatum

Javier Tebas, the President of Spain’s Professional Football League (LFP) has insisted that “if La Liga must end in June then so be it”.

The 52-year-old, who helped broker the controversial deal which sought to end the individual sale of television rights by clubs in the Primera and Segunda divisions, also slammed the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and Spanish Footballer’s Association (AFE) for initiating ‘illegal’ strike action.

“I’m embarrassed by the attitude of the other bench legs. They’re being ridiculous,” he told Cadena SER.

“I’m ready to sit with the RFEF President [Angel Maria Villar] as many times as it’s necessary. For me, it’s not [necessary].

“There’s no need to change even as much as an iota [of the Royal Decree]. We’ll never negotiate a Royal Decree with the AFE.

“If the League must finish in June then so be it. They are the ones who created this mess, so they must decide.

“[The LFP] denounces the AFE for initiating an illegal strike. The strike, which has no labour benefits, is prohibited.

“The AFE photo looked like one of the HERRI BATASUNA or BILDU [referring to Basque nationalist parties], with all the players sitting behind [AFE President Luis] Rubiales.

“I know there are captains who don’t agree with the strike and only sat in their chairs to complete the photo.

“The Administrative Tribunal for Sport is the body which decides whether Almeria lose three points.

“I’ll make sure that there’s opposition to Villar ahead of the elections for RFEF presidency.”

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