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Spanish Liga facing players strike for season start

The Spanish Liga faces major disruption with the players set to strike for the opening two rounds of the season.

The strike is set to take place during the opening two rounds of the new season unless the players' union (AFE) and Liga de Futbol Profesional (LFP) reach a new collective bargaining agreement, AFE president Luis Manuel Rubiales said on Thursday.

The AFE want a guaranteed fund to protect players' wages in the event of their clubs being declared insolvent.

"The footballers are united and have said enough is enough. The AFE and all the players from the Primera and Segunda Division have taken the unanimous and firm decision to call a strike for the first and second week of the season. There will be no league until a new collective agreement is signed," said Rubiales.

"It's a lamentable situation. The footballers don't want more money, we want contracts to be fulfilled and that the players are treated equally whoever they play for."

Responding to Thursday's announcement, the LFP said in a statement: "The decision to call a strike at a time when fundamental steps were being made is incomprehensible to the LFP."

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