No agreement in Spanish strike talks

Talks today between the Spanish Professional Footballers' Union (AFE) and the Spanish Football League (LFP) intended to avert a strike for the opening two rounds of the Primera Division have failed to find a resolution.

The AFE announced last week that players from the top two divisions would go on strike for the first two weeks of the 2011/12 season - scheduled to begin this weekend - unless an agreement with the LFP was reached over the issue of unpaid wages.

The AFE want a guaranteed fund to protect players' wages in the event of their clubs being declared insolvent.

The two parties had a meeting in Madrid on Wednesday and another today, but no agreement has been reached and they will resume talks tomorrow morning.

An LFP statement read: "AFE and LFP will continue talks.

"Today, August 19, there has been a new meeting between the Liga de Futbol Profesional (LFP) and the Asociacion de Futbolistas Espanoles (AFE) for negotiations to try to resolve the situation of the strike called by the latter.

"During the meeting both parties put forward their positions and have agreed to continue with the talks in the two meetings already planned, the first of them, tomorrow at 10.15am (local time) and the second on Monday, August 22, at the same time."

The Primera Division season was due to begin tomorrow, with Sunday's games including champions Barcelona going to Malaga and Real Madrid hosting Athletic Bilbao, while the Segunda Division was meant to begin this evening with a fixture between Villarreal B and Hercules.

Espanyol captain Luis Garcia was quoted as saying by El Mundo Deportivo yesterday: "The time had come for all the players to unite. The players have said enough is enough.

"We aren't asking for more money, only that the contracts that have been signed are fulfilled. Either this is resolved once and for all or we don't play. We cannot continue like this."

Meanwhile, Real Zaragoza striker Ikechukwu Uche told the BBC's African sports programme Fast Track: "Not all the players are owed, but there is solidarity.

"I don't think the strike is good for anybody - it's not good for us, it's not good for the federation, it's not good for the fans.

"'We had expected that we were going to start [the league] this weekend but we can't - they have to resolve the issues.

"Once they have resolved everything, then we will start," added the Nigeria international.

News
news
Arts and Entertainment
tvSPOILER ALERT: Like a mash-up of 28 Days Later, Braveheart, The Killing and Lord of the Rings, this GoT episode was a belter
Life and Style
Angel Di Maria is shown the red card
tech
Sport
Roger Federer after his win over Tomas Berdych
sport
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
Big knickers are back: Thongs ain't what they used to be

Thongs ain't what they used to be

Big knickers are back
Thurston Moore interview

Thurston Moore interview

On living in London, Sonic Youth and musical memoirs
In full bloom

In full bloom

Floral print womenswear
From leading man to Elephant Man, Bradley Cooper is terrific

From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific
In this the person to restore our trust in the banks?

In this the person to restore our trust in the banks?

Dame Colette Bowe - interview
When do the creative juices dry up?

When do the creative juices dry up?

David Lodge thinks he knows
The 'Cher moment' happening across fashion just now

Fashion's Cher moment

Ageing beauty will always be more classy than all that booty
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination

Health fears over school cancer jab

Shock new Freedom of Information figures show how thousands of girls have suffered serious symptoms after routine HPV injection
Fifa President Sepp Blatter warns his opponents: 'I forgive everyone, but I don't forget'

'I forgive everyone, but I don't forget'

Fifa president Sepp Blatter issues defiant warning to opponents
Extreme summer temperatures will soon cause deaths of up to 1,700 more Britons a year, says government report

Weather warning

Extreme summer temperatures will soon cause deaths of up to 1,700 more Britons a year, says government report
LSD: Speaking to volunteer users of the drug as trials get underway to see if it cures depression and addiction

High hopes for LSD

Meet the volunteer users helping to see if it cures depression and addiction
German soldier who died fighting for UK in Battle of Waterloo should be removed from museum display and given dignified funeral, say historians

Saving Private Brandt

A Belgian museum's display of the skeleton of a soldier killed at Waterloo prompts calls for him to be given a dignified funeral