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Spanish football to strike over TV rights

May 7, 2015

The Spanish football federation is suspending indefinitely all end-of-season games in disputes with the government, including over TV rights.

A federation statement said it was also unhappy with receiving only 4.55 per cent of pools revenue, though it said it was still open to dialogue. All matches will be suspended from May 16th, including the domestic cup final.

In the statement, the RFEF federation said it had acted after three months of talks with the government had failed to resolve the dispute. More than 600,000 players and 30,000 matches across the country would be affected by the suspension.

The RFEF acted after the government last week approved a new law on collective bargaining for TV rights. The law – which still needs to be approved by parliament – aims to regulate the rights to broadcast matches in Spain’s first and second divisions.

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