AFE Confirms Strike

7 May

AFE Striker PresserA number of La Liga first team captains including Iker & Sergio were on hand at the AFE’s presser today to confirm the strike.

FROM AS.COM

AFE confirm strike; TV share is “an infringement of our rights”

AFE President Luis Rubiales confirmed that Spain’s top two divisions will take part in an indefinite strike as from 16 May.

BORJA MAROTO / SANDRA DEL ESTAL 7 de mayo de 2015 19:29

The Spanish Footballers’ Association (AFE) called a press conference this afternoon to explain their position regarding the strike announced by the Spanish Football Federation yesterday which will paralyze all domestic competitions indefinitely as from 16 May. The strike would severely affect the final two games of the top two divisions as well as the Copa del Rey final between Barcelona and Athletic Club on 30 May.

First team captains from several clubs in the Liga BBVA and Liga Adelante attended this afternoon’s meeting in Madrid, those present included Dani Parejo, Antonio Barragán, Borja Oubiña, Piti, Jesús Vallejo, Antonio Amaya, Carlos Vela, Xavi, Andrés Iniesta, Gerard Piqué and Iker Casillas. The press conference, chaired by AFE President Luis Rubiales, began at 17:30 hours at the Hotel NH Madrid Ventas.

Rubiales explained the AFE’s stance on the royal decree established by the Spanish government earlier this month which will centralize audiovisual broadcasting rights in Spain’s top two divisions. The new broadcasting rights act has been rejected by the AFE, who argue that it puts a greater emphasis on womens’ football and clubs in Spain’s third tier, the Sedunda Divisón B – as well as giving both a larger share from the pool of TV rights revenues which leaves them feeling discarded.

The RFEF have other issues with the decree, including the decision to deprive them of the 4.55% share of income from the weekly football pools, ‘La Quinela’. They are also incensed by the move to leave them as the sole guarantor of clubs who have debts pending with the Tax authorities and Social Security and feel that amateur clubs should be exempt from investigations by the tax inspector. Another bone of contention is the plan to transfer competitions run by the RFEF to the LFP’s control.

“The AFE has been excluded [from the new audiovisual rights act], in breach of what parliament has planned;” Rubiales explained. “The subcommittee for professional sport ceded control to the government so that a collective agreement could be reached which involved all relevant parties. That has not been respected by the government. It is not just an issue which relates to Spain; the European Commission created a group in which the AFE, through FIFPro, is represented by the clubs and by the league. We have decided to call this strike not to go all out on the offensive but in defence of our rights which we believe have been infringed”.

The AFE’s Sports Director Vicente Blanco added, “We want to ensure that the AFE is recognized and receives a direct percentage”.

Sigh.

(Additional pictures via GFSports)

– Lozil

2 Responses to “AFE Confirms Strike”

  1. Mandy May 7, 2015 at 6:30 pm #

    Sigh indeed. Sad day. Sad sad day. Worst part of it is none of the press releases I have read today are speculating on potential or expected solutions. We can hold out hope for the week, but I’m sorry to say, I think it’s over.

  2. hopechaser May 7, 2015 at 6:52 pm #

    Perhaps all of this has not been handled in the best fashion, but Spain is long overdue for an overhaul of the existing broadcast rights. If all this ‘drama’ marches them towards a more equitable arrangement for all–while still taking into account the dire financial situation of the country in general–then I’m a-okay with the suspension.

    I need to do more investigation though in respect to player rights and access to a portion of broadcasting funds. Seems all kinds of loco to me.

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