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Spanish court suspends La Liga players' strike

A camera operator films the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Valencia CF at the estadio Santiago Bernabeu
Image: Spanish strike: Clubs are in dispute over the law regarding the collective bargaining of TV rights

A Spanish court has suspended the planned players' strike in La Liga.

Spanish officials and members of the players' union had been in discussions to avert the proposed industrial action, which would have affected the final two rounds of La Liga fixtures and the Copa Del Rey final.

But it appears the strike has now been averted and this weekend's round of games will go ahead. The National Court made the ruling on the condition that the league deposit a bond of 5m Euros by 3pm local time.

Barcelona face Athletic Bilbao in the Cup final and could win the league title on Sunday if they beat Atletico Madrid.

The strike was initially called by both the Spanish federation and the players union as they disagreed with the government’s proposed new law regarding the collective bargaining for TV rights, with major clubs Real Madrid and Barcelona receiving most of the money.

Judge Ricardo Bodas Matin said in his ruling that the court had temporarily suspended the strike because "it would provoke a great organisational disorder that would be difficult to resolve."
Bodas Matin added that the ruling was "provisional" and "could be modified" when the court further studies the union's reasons for wanting to strike.

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