MADRID - A Madrid court on Tuesday will
hear arguments for and against industrial action that could lead
to the postponement of next weekend's La Liga matches.
The professional football league (LFP) have threatened to
suspend the 30th round of matches on April 2/3 in an attempt to
force the government to scrap a rule that one La Liga game per
weekend should be shown on freeview television.
With talks seemingly failing and strike action looming, six
clubs, known as the G-6 and including heavyweights Sevilla and
Villarreal, have broken ranks and filed a legal challenge to try
to have the move declared void.
They believe a strike would be "disproportionate,
inopportune, against the interest of clubs, the competition and
supporters and against the law".
The LFP argue that removing the obligation to show one match
for free will strengthen clubs' bargaining power in negotiations
on audiovisual rights with media firms.
It also wants guarantees about how much cash clubs are
entitled to receive from betting and lottery revenue.
A decision from the judge is expected on Wednesday.
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