La Liga strike still on as LFP & AFE fail to reach an agreement

The players' union and the Spanish football league have been unable to reach an agreement and the strike planned for the first two matchdays has not been called off
Matchday one of the Primera and Segunda Divisions look set to be postponed after Wednesday's meeting between representatives of the Spanish football League (LFP) and the players' union (AFE) hasn't led to calling off the proposed strike.

AFE announced earlier this month that La Liga and Liga Adelante players will go on strike in the first two weekends of the 2011-12 campaign as they fight for a wage guarantee fund in case clubs become insolvent.

The players will not play until a collective bargaining agreement has been signed between the AFE and the individual clubs.


LFP and AFE met on Wednesday in an attempt to find a solution and to call off the strike, but a resolution could not be reached, and the postponement of the weekend matches now edges ever closer.

"We haven't reached any kind of agreement," LFP president Jose Luis Astiazaran was quoted as saying by EFE.

"AFE has dug its heels in. We have different opinions on important issues, but we will have to continue to try and move in the right direction."

Talks between both parties will continue on Friday, but it seems unlikely that a solution will be found in time for the league to kick off as planned.

Levante versus Real Zaragoza and Espanyol against Granada are the first two matches on the calendar, with both games currently scheduled to start at 18:00 CET on Saturday.