La Liga strike: the key questions answered

– Why has an agreement still not been signed?
The Spanish Footballers Association (AFE) thinks the salary guarantees offered by the Spanish League (LFP) are insufficient. It considers the €40m on offer will not cover the past year´s debt or any future ones. Luis Rubiales, AFE President, says: “We don´t want relief measures, we want preventative ones. Any club unable to pay its debts should not be allowed to compete.”

– Why is there no agreement on image rights?
Image rights, according to the LFP, should be governed and owned by the clubs, something the AFE feel ought to be the responsibility of each individual player.

– How is the right to strike regulated in Spain?
By a 1977 Royal Decree. An actual Strike Law does not exist and there are different tribunals which interpret this decree.

– What steps are necessary to call a strike?
This must be communicated to the relevant authorities five days before the start of any action. If it is a public service (which football is not) there must be 10 days notice given. A strike committee cannot be made up of more than 12 members.

– Can the players be sanctioned?
As long as they commit no professional misconduct, they cannot be sanctioned. However, whilst on strike they could have their contracts suspended along with their salary.

– Will the players have to stop training?
No. The strike only affects league fixtures. Before and after games they can carry on training as normal.

– Why do the LFP appear to misunderstand the planned stoppage?
The LFP believes it has adopted two historic measures for the future of Spanish football. One of them is the auto-regulation of finances clubs will need to adopt and the other is the ´Fondo de Garant

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