Spanish League keen to introduce Christmas fixtures and control agent fees

The Spanish League and Players’ Association are set to discuss playing games over the winter break and the control of agents’ fees.

As one of the changes in a collective agreement currently under negotiation between the parties, the Spanish League (LFP) has asked the Players’ Association (AFE) to permit planned changes to the fixture list from 2012-13 that will see games played over the Christmas period.

Traditionally, the AFE have always been stringent in guaranteeing a period of rest over the final weeks of December and into January, but the LFP are arguing that there are promotional and commercial opportunities to play over this period, including higher attendances at games.

A second discussion point due to arise in the next two weeks is the creation of an organisation between the League and its clubs that will oversee control of transfer fees and more specifically commission paid to agents. This is a model currently implemented in the Premier League.

AS hint that both suggestions are with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play in mind, by boosting financial control and opportunity in a way that fits into their guidelines.

There is also the belief that whilst Barcelona and Real Madrid refuse to renegotiate a different model of television rights distribution to that agreed upon in November 2010, that there is likely to be a new format brought in from the 2014-15 campaign.

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