The Spanish la liga Players Union – the AFE – say they are “willing to go to the end if necessary” over a fifteen-year plan by the la liga body to play league matches in the USA.
La Liga and an American company, Relevent, agreed on the fifteen-year deal to stage games in the North American country.
A decision the AFE considers a ‘lack of common sense’
Club players were represented by their captains and mates in a Wednesday meeting with AFE president, David Aganzo, in Madrid.
Sergio Ramos and Nacho (Real Madrid), Sergio Busquets and Sergi Roberto (Barcelona), Koke and Juanfran (Atletico Madrid) amongst others attended the
They reached a unanimous decision to consider the concerns of the players.
“La Liga is distancing the fans of the players, something that harms the show and the essence of football,” the AFE president said.
“The problem is the lack of common sense, a schedule where only the export of soccer benefits – nobody counts on the fans.
“We need to fix it with the bosses. The captains are outraged, they’re against it, they are unanimous.
“It does not make sense. We are talking about an agreement that has a validity of 15 years without consulting the players.”
Aganzo hopes a decision that takes the players into consideration or the union would, if necessary, adopt a strike action.
“We will try not to reach that extreme (strike) but we are willing to go to the end if necessary.”
La liga responded after the AFE meeting. In a statement, it said: “La Liga will meet with AFE in the appropriate forum to discuss the plans to play a match outside of Spain.