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Spanish clubs turn to legal action as strike negotiations fail

A failure in strike negotiations has promoted Spanish clubs to undertake legal action.

28 March 2011

Unsuccessful strike negotiations have prompted six Spanish first division clubs to take legal action over planned industrial action.

Earlier in the month, the Liga Nacional de Futbol Profesional (LFP), the country's professional league, threatened to initiate a stoppage unless the government conceded to agree with its demands for a guarantee of a share of revenue generated through betting and lotteries.

However, now six premier division clubs, including Esanyol Barcelona, Villareal, Zaragoza, Athletical Bilbao and Sevilla have enacted legal proceedings to prevent the occurrence.

"[The clubs have] launched an action in the courts of Madrid to condemn the agreement passed by the general assembly of the LFP on February 11," said the organisations in a joint statement.

Planned industrial action on the weekend of April 2nd-3rd means that the Spanish league season may face extensions and the clubs believe this to be "a disproportionate" and "untimely measure".

Founded in 1984, the LFP administers both the Primera and Segunda Division and is responsible for the matches of 42 member clubs.

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