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The general assembly of the Spanish footballers’ association AFE approved the decision of the players’ union’s executive committee to threaten not to start the 2011-2012 season unless all footballers are guaranteed their salaries.

 

Of course, AFE hopes that its players can start the 2011-2012 season as planned. But the union most of all demands that its members receive what they are owed.

 

Recently AFE president Luis Rubiales said that the footballers’ association would not allow the new season to commence, and last week all 411 players that were present at AFE’s extraordinary general assembly agreed.

 

The Association of Spanish Footballers (AFE) demands that the Professional Football League (LFP) provide total guarantees that footballers will be paid their wages, as happens for example in the English, Dutch and French leagues, and that it establish effective economic and financial control mechanisms to deal with those who fail to live up to their undertakings.

 

AFE hopes and expects that  the clubs and the league meet their demands. The AFE hopes and expects that  the clubs and the league will meet their demands. ‘We are working for this, holding meetings with the clubs, the employers, and the various political parties in order to find a solution', said spokesman Juan José Montaner.

 

President Rubiales recently stated that 200 to 300 professional footballers had not received their salaries for (parts of) the 2010-2011 season. AFE does not have exact numbers yet. Montaner: 'The period for the presentation of denunciations by the players in the First and Second divisions won't end until 30 June next, so I can't give you definite figures yet for the number of footballers suffering non-payment, or the number of clubs.’

 

‘But five new clubs have entered into arrangements with creditors this season, and another, Real Zaragoza, initiated a voluntary process on Wednesday. Four clubs made arrangements with creditors during the 2009-2010 season, and another two in 2008-2009. Twenty clubs in all are involved in bankruptcy proceedings.'

 

Real Zaragoza escaped relegation on the final day of the season. The club, six-time winner of the Copa del Rey and winner of the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1995, is coping with a debt of 110 million euro. Earlier this season another club from the Primera División applied for administration, Hercules Alicante. This club relegated to the Segunda División.