AFP and LFP need agreement today to avert Week 2 strike

Talks between the Spanish Footballers’ Association (AFE) and the Spanish League (LFP) will continue today in a bid to avert a second weekend of strikes, whilst attention is also on when the postponed fixtures will now be played.

Despite six hours of talks yesterday, neither the AFE or LFP came out with the definitive belief that next weekend would see any football played. The two parties are understood to be analysing the proposals in place on Wednesday morning, before again meeting each other for the next round of talks at a 4pm meeting.

It is understood that progress needs to be made today in order to guarantee Week 2’s Primera and Segunda Division games will have a chance of going ahead, inasmuch as clubs needing the notice to prepare travel arrangements, and television coverage also needing to organise itself in time.

Discussions are also centred on when to rearrange Week 1’s fixtures. December is largely accepted to be the month to fit them in to, with the League looking at December 23 or 28 as available dates. The Copa del Rey Round of 32 is due to play across December 20, 21 and 22, and is the stage La Liga’s clubs gain entry to the competition.

As a result, it is understood Primera Division clubs are looking to play those Cup fixtures on December 20 and 21, so as to allow at least a one-day break before one of the proposed dates of December 23 for Week 1’s games.

These fixtures include El derbi Sevillano between Real Betis and Sevilla, Real Madrid’s home fixture with Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona’s visit to high-spending Malaga.

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