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Union bargaining leads to end of Spanish football strike

Strike action among professional footballers in Spain has been suspended following union bargaining.

26 August 2011

The Spanish football season will get underway tomorrow (August 27th) following a successful period of union bargaining.

Last week, the beginning of the 2011-12 campaign was suspended due to an impasse between the Association of Spanish Footballers (AFE) and the national league federation due to unpaid wages of around €50 million (£44 million).

This was affecting some 200 professionals in the top two divisions of the country's football system, meaning the AFE decided that strike action was necessary over what was supposed to be the opening round of fixtures in the new calendar.

However, it has now emerged that an agreement has been reached, meaning global stars such as Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo will be in action in the coming days.

Luis Rubiales, AFE president, commented: "The strike is officially suspended. The situation of the 200 players who had unpaid salaries has been resolved."

Mr Rubiales added this represents a "very important step", but insisted the government should introduce new legislation to prevent a similar situation occurring in the future.

Posted by Ron Maverick

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