Spanish domestic football to be suspended
Spanish football federation has announced the suspension of all of its fixtures, including La Liga matches, over a dispute with Spain’s government. The planned suspension will commence on May 16, the penultimate La Liga weekend, and carry on indefinitely. It said the legislation would enable Spanish football to “reach levels of marketing, profitability and sustainability unthinkable so far.”
At the same time, and yet again, we reiterate the offer of dialogue to the Spanish government,” the federation said on its website after a board meeting on Wednesday. The last two rounds of the Spanish league, along with the Copa del Rey final on May 30, all fall after that date.
Later, the Spanish government’s sports council rejected the federation’s claims and said the law was “the biggest historical achievement in defending the interests of players and clubs.”
The Spanish football federation says it is suspending all end-of-season games in disputes with the government, including over TV rights, Barcelona currently lead Real Madrid by two points at the top of the La Liga table, with three games left to play.It said more than 600,000 players and 30,000 matches across the country would be affected by the suspension.