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Spanish Football Federation agrees to suspend competition

first_imgBy Iain RogersThe Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has decided to indefinitely suspend all domestic competition from May 16 over a spat with the government on issues including a new law on collective bargaining for television rights.The law was agreed last week with the backing of the professional football league (LFP) and aims to create a more level playing field for clubs in Spain’s top two divisions by sharing out TV cash more equitably.However, both the RFEF, and its influential president Angel Maria Villar, and the players’ union (AFE) have come out against the new rules and both organisations have backed halting competition right across Spanish football.The final two matchdays in La Liga would both be affected unless agreement can be reached to avert the action.After a board meeting on Wednesday, the federation published a statement on its website (www.rfef.es) in which it accused the government of a “lack of respect” and complained it had not been consulted properly on the TV rights law, which was passed by the cabinet last week.The federation believes the law will rob it of some powers and is also unhappy at what it says is the use of money from football for activities that have nothing to do with the sport.A total of 17 regional federations would be affected by the suspension, including more than 600,000 players and 30,000 matches, the RFEF said.“At the same time, and yet again, we reiterate the offer of dialogue to the Spanish government,” the federation added.last_img

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