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AFE and LFP fail to reach agreement on La Liga strike after six-hour meeting

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By David Redshaw

Tuesday 23 August 2011

Spanish League (LFP) President, José Luis Astiazarán, said after Tuesday´s meeting with the Spanish Footballers Association (AFE) that both parties are still seeking “imaginative ways” to find a solution to solve the conflict which has prevented the start of the 2011/12 La Liga season.

“We are trying to find imaginative ways to solve this conflict,” explained Astiazarán after a six-hour meeting at LFP headquarters he described as “very intense,” and added that “we will carry on working internally to move things forward, but I still cannot say whether there will be any league games this weekend. We both want it but we need to resolve our differences, although we now know what they are and we will try to reach an agreement tomorrow.”

However, Luis Gil, representing the AFE, offered a different version of events: “The distance between us is still the same and nothing has changed much,” he said. “We are equally as far apart and right now the strike is on as the LFP has not conceded on anything. There is still no guarantee on players´ wages, which is our main grievance.”

It appears a number of sticking points are also due to a question of interpretation but it is clear the two fundamental differences are the ´Fondo de Garantía Concursal´, or guaranteed bankruptcy fund, and the almost €50m owed to around 200 players. Astiazarán recognised that negotiations are still in a state of impassé with regard to the bankruptcy fund but explained that the aim now is “to try to minimise the possible impact of non-payment on some players.”

A further meeting is scheduled to take place at 4pm on Wednesday when there will be another attempt to put an end to a dispute which is causing irreparable harm to the image of Spanish football around the world.

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