Spanish football strike is off

THE proposed strike by the association of Spanish footballers (AFE) for this weekend has been called off.

The AFE announced last week plans to strike between 16-19 April over unpaid wages, a move that would have affected the top four league tiers in the country.

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Before taking that measure though, the AFE said they would continue negotiating with the Spanish government's sports council (CSD), the Spanish football federation (RFEF) and professional football league (LNFP) in a bid to find a resolution to the demands of the players.

And, after talks between the official bodies over the last two days, it was announced that sufficient progress had been made to avert industrial action this weekend.

The proposed strike would have affected the Primera, Segunda, Segunda B and Tercera Divisions, with top-flight games including Barcelona's derby with Espanyol and second-placed Real Madrid's home match with third-placed Valencia.