MADRID, Spain August 22 – Spain’s top football clubs are meeting with players on Monday to try to prevent a strike over unpaid wages spreading to a second match day, an official said.
The players’ Association of Spanish Footballers (AFE) and the clubs’ Professional Football League open a new round of talks in Madrid at midday (1000 GMT), an spokesman for the clubs said.
A news conference is scheduled afterwards, he said.
The AFE is demanding a wage guarantee and that players be allowed to break their contracts if they are not paid for three consecutive months, a proposal rejected by the league.
According to the AFE, 200 players in the top two divisions have not been fully paid by cash-strapped clubs, some in bankruptcy protection, and are owed a total of about 50 million euros ($72 million).
It is not clear if the league will try to squeeze missed matches into an already packed schedule or just scrap them.