MADRID: A Spanish court has said it will rule tomorrow (Thursday) on the legality of a proposed players strike that threatens to shut down La Liga this weekend.

The Spanish players’ union (AFE) has called the strike – simultaneous to a stutdown order by the federation – in a row prompted by a law to enforce the league’s new centralised system for the sale of television rights.

In Wednesday’s open hearing, lawyers for the two sides argued over whether the players had the right to go on strike in defiance of a formal law.

AFE president Luis Rubiales said: “I am convinced this strike is legal. Our lawyer took apart, one by one, all the points raised by the other party.”

League president Javier Tebas commented: “I have always said the strike is illegal. Now it is up to the court to decide.”


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