Sport La Liga strike called off: Barcelona can now win title

La Liga strike called off: Barcelona can now win title

LFP president Javier Tebas
LFP president Javier Tebas

The Spanish football season will be allowed to finish after the week-long Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) suspension and players’ strike were lifted by Spain’s national court.

The RFEF had suspended the end of the season and the players’ union decided to strike over a TV rights dispute.

Barcelona can win La Liga on Sunday, with a game to spare, if they beat current champions Atletico Madrid.

The Spanish Cup final will also go ahead as planned on 30 May.

Barca, who have also reached the Champions League final where they will take on Juventus, play Athletic Bilbao at the Nou Camp in the domestic Copa del Rey final.

Spanish football writer Andy West explains the dispute:”Essentially, the suspension was the result of a power struggle over who runs Spanish football. More specifically, it is the climax of a long-running dispute over the distribution of television revenue, which is currently heavily weighted in favour of the ‘Big Two’ of Barcelona and Real Madrid.”

The RFEF and the players’ union (AFE) are not satisfied with a new law introducing collective bargaining for domestic television rights, which was supported by the National Professional Football League (LFP) which runs Spain’s top two professional divisions.

The players who backed a proposed strike believe the split of money in a new deal proposed by the LFP and the Spanish government does not do enough for those at lower-ranked clubs.

On Friday, LFP president Javier Tebas announced plans to take legal action against the suspension, warning that it could cost 50 million euros (£36m) per match day in lost revenues.

Key remaining fixtures

Sunday 17 May: Atletico Madrid v Barcelona; Espanyol v Real Madrid
Saturday 23 May: Barcelona v Deportivo; Real Madrid v Getafe
Saturday 30 May: Copa del Rey final – Athletic Bilbao v Barcelona (Nou Camp)

 

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