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The Spanish footballers’ association (AFE) has offered all the Spanish sporting bodies involved a Great Pact for Spanish Football to solve the problems that are currently plaguing this sector. If agreement is not reached, the AFE will call a strike by football players in all divisions of the national competition.

 

The AFE looks after the rights of football players in all the Divisions. President Luís Manuel Rubiales Béjar says: 'This great agreement between all concerned – the National Sports Council (CSD), the  professional football league (LNFP) and the football federation (RFEF) – would represent a great advance and an injection of hope.'

 

'Our rights, guarantees and salaries should not have to be begged for but demanded instead. The current situation is the most difficult one in the last twenty years. We are confident that AFE can secure unity and solidarity throughout football, with firmness and with generosity, extending an outstretched hand for dialogue.'

 

The claims that the AFE is putting on the table in order to achieve this pact include the following: first of all, payment of the salaries owed in the 2nd Division B for the 2008/09 season, secondly, the fulfilment of the economic guarantees for those clubs in the 1st and 2nd Division that have declared insolvency and, thirdly, an extension of the coverage of the wage guarantee fund (Fondo de Garantía Salarial) to the 2nd Division and the creation of one for the 3rd Division.

 

Being aware of the difficulties inherent in securing a performance pact with these characteristics, which have been negotiated for several months, the AFE will urgently call a strike by football players in all the divisions of the league during the weekend beginning Friday 16 April if agreement is not reached on the fulfilment of all the above of all the above points.

 

'We are aware that a strike is not a positive measure', continues the AFE president Rubiales. 'But neither is the situation being experienced by hundreds of football players who have gone for a year without taking their wages home and, for that reason, there is no other remedy than to enforce what we believe is just, namely compliance with the agreements that were signed up to last year.'

 

The agreements adopted have not so far received a negative response from any of the playing staff, and they are being implemented with the support of all the football players (who have been kept informed at all times of the conversations and meetings), maintaining total and absolute unity regarding the measures to be adopted.