AFE and LFP continue talks today in a bid to avoid a second weekend of strikes

The Spanish Footballers’ Association (AFE) and the Spanish League (LFP) will resume talks today as the first strike in three decades in the Primera and Segunda Division nears an end.

Marca reports that the players and their clubs are hesitant that the AFE and LFP will reach agreement in time for the second strike – scheduled across next weekend – to be called off.

At the same time, the negotiating parties are understood to have both softened in their approach to each other, and it is believed that today’s talks will be central to the possibility of Week 2’s La Liga matches going ahead.

This weekend saw 16 of the 20 clubs still train, despite the strike presenting the option for players to miss training as well as games, whilst Levante reportedly even took steps to ensure that legally they were protected by any players turning up to train across the weekend. Originally scheduled not to train on Saturday or Sunday, the club remained open on the off-chance players did turn up, so as to avoid the unlikely event of being charged with an illegal lockout.

Interestingly, where some clubs have used the strike to give their players rest, Racing Santander were one to officially complete the strike, but give their players the opportunity of remaining fit at home, by setting them training routines to last at least two days of the four-day weekend strike.

Today’s talks between the AFE and LFP are scheduled for midday at the League’s headquarters.

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