Spain footballers may strike over U.S. games

Tanya Simon
August 23, 2018

"We are exhausted of these unilateral decisions that directly affect the players like this plan of playing outside Spain", said David Aganzo, the president of the players union (AFE) after a meeting attended by a host of stars including Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos and Barcelona's Sergio Busquets.

The first few rounds have the early games beginning after 6 p.m. local time, and water breaks have been implemented to allow players to remain hydrated.

"The AFE and the footballers don't understand the unilateral decisions taken by La Liga regarding plans for a league game to be played in the United States".

The Spanish League announced last week that it had signed an agreement with sports and entertainment group Relevent to promote football in North America which included plans to play one match overseas this season.

"Icardi, Martinez and Simeone are players of a very high level", Scaloni said.

Leading players from several LaLiga clubs, including Sergio Ramos, Koke and Sergio Busquets, were present at a meeting with the AFE this afternoon, after which AFE President, David Aganzo stated that he would meet with LaLiga chiefs and relay the players' concerns to them.

It said the players were "surprised and indignant that their views were not taken into account in an agreement which affects them directly".

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"Things can be done in a much more coherent way", Aganzo explained.

The players' union - the AFE - says its members were not consulted by La Liga.

"La Liga is distancing the fans from the players, which damages the spectacle and the essence of football", it added.

"We are fed up with not being valued", he said, via ESPN.

"The players are again being punished by the kick-off times of certain matches, which can damage their health because of the weather conditions or the lack of recovery time", it said. "We need to sort this out with the union, and we will tell them all of our problems".

On the possibility of strike action, he added: "We will try not to reach that extreme but we are willing to go to the end if necessary".

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