LaLiga clubs go on strike over new sports law

The law goes into effect from this Wednesday.
LaLiga clubs are set to go on strike over a new sports law that is due to take effect in Spain from Wednesday.

Earlier this month, it was reported by ESPN that an amendment intended to bar Spanish clubs from participating in a breakaway Superliga was withdrawn after alleged pressure from Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The amendment would allow LaLiga and the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) to refuse a license to clubs that play in competitions that are not officially recognized by football’s governing bodies.

A meeting involving Spanish Culture and Sport Minister Miquel Iceta, LaLiga president Javier Tebas and representatives of 15 clubs in LaLiga’s first and second division took place this Monday, but the matter has not yet been resolved.

Thebes itself has called an emergency meeting for Thursday to discuss concerns and next steps to take on the latest draft government legislation, however it is expected to pass before then.

It is believed that a strike to disrupt the league would be considered an option of last resort, but it is not being ruled out.

Earlier this month, the company behind the Super League – A22 Sports Management – named a new CEO in a bid to revive the Super League project once again.

Three of the Superliga’s founding members: Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus, remained publicly supportive of the idea.

The trio awaits a ruling by the European Court of Justice, due in December, on whether UEFA’s control over European football constitutes an illegal monopoly under EU competition law.

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