Spanish Primera Liga

Player strike to disrupt Spanish season

August 11, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

The Spanish professional footballers' union (AFE) has announced they will go on strike and delay the start of the new La Liga season in a row over a wage guarantee fund.

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• La Liga season faces delay

AFE said on Thursday that Spanish first and second division fixtures will be affected for the first two weekends of the 2011-12 league season.

"We are unanimous and firm in our decision to call a strike," AFE president Luis Rubiales said. "The league will not start until a new agreement (between the league and the players) has been signed."

Rubiales is demanding the introduction of a fund to protect players' wages if clubs become insolvent.

Last season a mid-season strike by AFE, over the non-payment of around €4 million in players' wages owed to various footballers in the Segunda Division, was called off after a late agreement was reached.

The La Liga season is scheduled to start on the weekend of August 20-21.