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The Spanish footballers’ association AFE fully supports the players of Pontevedra CF and Benidorm CF, who have announced a strike for the upcoming weekend. The players from both Spanish third leaguers have not been paid for months.

 

AFE’s vice president Jesús Díaz Peramos and member of the legal department Ángel Rodríguez held a meeting with the Pontevedra players on Wednesday. ‘Their position is clear’, Díaz said. ‘The players will stick to their plan of not playing on Sunday, because they have only received one month’s wages during the past five months.’

 

On Sunday, Pontevedra is scheduled to meet Vecindario in group 1 of the Segunda División B, the third professional level in Spain. But the players will not take the field if they have not received any guarantees, announced captain Igor de Souza. ‘At this moment, all we want is the money we deserve to collect for the work we have done.’

 

According to Díaz, the players have also not received their bonuses they are owed for reaching last season’s play-offs for promotion. ‘There is no doubt to describe the situation at Pontevedra as unsustainable’, Díaz told Marca.

 

Last weekend before their home match against Lugo, the players of Pontevedra took the field wearing white shirts with the text: ‘Solutions now’. When the game began, they kneeled down for one minute and the audience responded with applause.

 

The players of Benidorm CF have also announced a strike for next Sunday. The footballers from this third league squad haven’t received their wages since September, and have to work without a physiotherapist.