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Court blocks Liga strike

Top flight fixtures will go ahead as planned

Last Updated: 30/03/11 9:59am

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This weekend's Primera Liga programme will go ahead as planned after a Madrid court blocked strike action.

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The Spanish top flight was in danger of being shut down following a dispute over a long-standing television rule.

Since 1997, a law has been in place which stipulates that at least one Primera Liga fixture must be broadcast for free on Spanish television, rather than on pay-per-view or cable.

Fourteen clubs protested this ruling and were prepared to skip their latest fixture in an effort to force the authorities into a re-think.

However, six clubs - Sevilla, Athletic Bilbao, Real Sociedad, Real Zaragoza, Espanyol and Villarreal - opposed the proposed strike and started legal proceedings to prevent a blackout.

Unaltered

They described the plan as 'a disproportionate, untimely measure that is contrary to the interests of the clubs, the competition and the fans and is, in addition, contrary to the law'.

A Madrid court has supported their case and has ruled that fixtures must take place this weekend.

"The court decides the official calendar for the first and second divisions should remain unaltered for the next round of matches," read a statement from the court.

Judge Purificacion Pujol added: "The league calendar cannot be changed."

Had the strike gone ahead, the Spanish league season would have been extended to the weekend of June 11-12 instead of May 21-22.

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