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Strike negotiation to avoid Spanish football washout?

Players want their wages to be protected if they go into administration.

23 August 2011

The footballers' strike in Spain is set to go into a second weekend as a deal has yet to be agreed.

According to the Association of Spanish Footballers (AFE), action has to be taken to protect the vulnerable sports stars and so union bargaining may be required.

There are currently six clubs in La Liga in administration - Real Mallorca, Real Zaragoza, Real Betis, Racing Santander, Rayo Vallecano and Granada - meaning the AFE is looking for guarantees.

Luis Gil, director of the body, said: "I understand that people want to watch football, but we must think about the players who are suffering."

He added that unless the AFE and the league can reach "agreement on all points", then further protests will be held.

Players want to be able to break their contracts with clubs if they go three months without receiving a wage, something the authorities has rejected.

Posted by Edel Quinn

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