La Liga fixtures will go ahead as normal on the weekend commencing May 16, after the Spanish court suspended plans of a player strike.
The Spanish football federation originally announced the suspension of all of its fixtures, including La Liga matches, over a dispute with Spain's government over a new television broadcast deal.
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La Liga Games Get Green Light After Court Hearing
Thursday, May 14
The Spanish court suspended the strike on Thursday, paving the way for La Liga matches to continue, per Sky Sports Twitter account.
Kieran Cann of Agence-France Presse confirmed: "Games go ahead as normal."
Talks between the Association of Spanish Footballers (AFE) and Spanish National Professional Football League (LFP) came after the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) initially announced the strike, which was confirmed by Fox Sports:
La Liga issued a statement in response to the news:
1. That the calling of, and objectives of the strike are illegal, and infringe article number 11 of the Royal Decree law 17/1977, 4 March, about the undertaking of work. What is asked for is a modification of a decree approved by law, and said modifications cannot be the object of a strike in a private sector (the football industry), as jurisprudence clears up in this aspect.
2. The calling of a strike is a clear breach of the agreement between the LFP and AFE.
3. Given the illegal nature of the strike proposal, a complaint will be lodged before the National High Court tomorrow with the request that it be processed with the maximum possible urgency.
4. If the strike called is declared illegal and the La Liga matchdays referred to in its announcement are suspended, an application for the appropriate damages will be lodged and the affected clubs may undertake those disciplinary measures they consider suitable.
5.The LFP wishes to reiterate its surprise at the manifestly illegal actions that the RFEF and AFE are engaging in, given the serious damage they could cause their members. The LFP will not cease to defend the rights of its members before all authorities necessary.
The RFEF has been negotiating several key issues with the Spanish government in the past few months, including a new TV deal that would see league income spread more evenly among all clubs, as reported by ProSoccerTalk's Joe Prince-Wright.
Negotiations were slow, to the frustration of both players and the RFEF, and as reported by ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan, Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Bayern Munich's Xabi Alonso were among the players backing the strike from the players association:
With the final of the Copa del Rey and the conclusion of the 2014-15 La Liga season right around the corner, it's obvious why the RFEF chose this particular time to announce the suspension.
Not only were fans both furious and petrified there might not be a timely finish to the campaign, but the two clubs involved in the title race―Barcelona and Real Madrid―would have potentially lost a handful of key players to the Copa America as well, if the end of the season was pushed back.
Ultimately, a strike has been averted, but this remains a bad look for Spanish football and a clear sign of major issues between the RFEF and the government.