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Talks fail to stop Spanish players' strike

sports Updated: Aug 17, 2011 23:54 IST

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Talks between the Spanish football league (LFP) and the Spanish players' union (AFE) on Wednesday failed to avert the strike action called for this weekend. "We haven't reached any kind of agreement,'' LFP president Jose Luis Astiazaran said after the first meeting between the two sides since the strike was invoked last week.

"'The AFE have dug their heels in. There are important differences but we will have to continue moving forward.'' The AFE have called strike action for the first two weekends of Spain's top two divisions, which are scheduled to kick off on Saturday, demanding greater protection for players' wages at clubs who have gone into financial administration. Astiazaran continued: "We are in agreement on 80 per cent of the questions and it's a shame that for 20 per cent we have found ourselves in this situation. "We have achieved much recently... however, it is impossible for the first round of matches not to be affected by the strike.'' Representing the AFE, Luis Gil said: "We will continue working this afternoon and tomorrow and we will meet on Friday."

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