BrandArena: Spanish court suspends footballers' strike

Thursday 14 May 2015

Spanish court suspends footballers' strike

Spain’s National Court has on Thursday, May 14, suspended strike action called by the Spanish Footballers’ Association (AFE) in a move that is set to allow the domestic season to conclude as planned.

The AFE last week confirmed its plans for a work stoppage from May 16 after alleging that it had been ignored in the new Royal Decree legislation, which was designed to pave the way for the introduction of collective selling of media rights across the sport’s top two domestic divisions. The AFE’s decision followed the announcement of the strike by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), which had backed the union’s move.

The strike was set to affect the last two rounds of the Spanish Liga and the Copa del Rey final on May 30. Barcelona currently needs one win to clinch the league title and is set to play Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final.

The National Court’s ruling temporarily suspends strike action on the condition that the Spanish Football League (LFP) deposits a bond of €5m ($5.7m) by 3pm local time. Judge Ricardo Bodas Matin said in his ruling that the court had made its decision because a strike “would provoke a great organisational disorder that would be difficult to resolve.” The court ruling added that “it would be very difficult to solve Spain’s international commitments and those of the clubs themselves, as well as the holiday dates of the players.”

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