20 Aug 2011

Spanish football season in doubt

9:02 am on 20 August 2011

The opening weekend of the Spanish football season, scheduled to start on Sunday, has been postponed due to strike action by the players' union (AFE) after talks failed to reach an agreement.

The AFE are demanding greater protection for players' wages at clubs who have gone into financial administration and last week called a strike for the first two rounds of matches in the top two leagues.

The AFE say around 50 million euros is owed by clubs to more than 200 players, and that a proposed emergency fund of 40 million euros put forward by the football league, the LFP, which represents the 42 professional clubs in the top two divisions.

The first meeting between the sides on Thursday ended quickly with no resolution.