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25th Oct 2022

LaLiga clubs set to go on strike over new sporting law

Callum Boyle

The law is set to come into effect from Wednesday

LaLiga clubs are reportedly set to go on strike over a new sporting law that is set to come into effect in Spain from Wednesday.

Earlier this month it was reported by ESPN that an amendment intended to prevent Spanish clubs from participating in a breakaway Super League has been withdrawn following alleged pressure from Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The amendment would allow for LaLiga and the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) to refuse a license to clubs playing in competitions that aren’t officially recognised by football’s governing bodies.

A meeting involving Spain’s Minister of Culture and Sport Miquel Iceta, LaLiga president Javier Tebas and representatives from 15 clubs from LaLiga’s first and second division took place on Monday, but the issue is yet to be resolved.

Tebas himself has called an emergency meeting for Thursday to discuss concerns and the next steps to take over the latest draft of the government’s legislation, however it is expected to be passed before then.

It is believed that a strike to halt the league would be considered as a last resort option but isn’t being ruled out.

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

Three of the Super League’s founding members: Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus, have all remained publicly supportive of the idea.

The trio are awaiting a ruling from the European Court of Justice, which is expected in December, as to whether UEFA’s control of European football constitutes an illegal monopoly under EU competition law.

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