Spanish economic crisis and poor organisation puts future of La Liga in doubt

Sid Lowe, Paco Justicia, Xabi Alonso and Vicente del Bosque give their views on how a number of factors have combined to threaten the existence of one of the world's top leagues

Economic crisis, La Liga's unequal Television deal and high ticket prices have left Spanish football in a "desperate state", according to journalist Sid Lowe.

Speaking to, Lowe and Marca's Paco Justicia explain how various factors have combined to ravage football in the country.

The Real Madrid and Barcelona-dominated TV rights deal, tickets that cost €25-30 more than in England, poor match scheduling, an economic crisis and five million unemployed citizens means that the sport is struggling more than ever in Spain.

Matters came to a head in October when la Roja's friendly against Belarus was not televised because of financial restraints.

And with many teams struggling to pay their players, there are fears that the current Liga model is unsustainable.

National team coach Vicente del Bosque and Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso also give their views, so watch our video above to see what the future holds for Spanish football.