Club news


15 Aug 2012
The complex situation at Spanish football won’t be fixed in the short-term, but at least the “rebel” clubs at Primera División are no longer interested in the strike for this weekend’s matches, therefore la liga 2012/2013 begins in three days.

In the end the so-expected meeting held on Tuesday turned to be a reunion among colleges and not the war anticipated by the media. Last week thirteen Primera clubs –called now the rebels- demanded for a meeting among the 20 Liga BBVA clubs in order to study the big problems affecting Spanish football, from the war between Mediapro and Canal + to the polemic decisions regarding the kick off of the matches.

The LFP called for the meeting, but also included the 22 clubs at Liga Adelante; then the rebels -Atlético Madrid, Celta, Espanyol, Getafe, Osasuna, Real Sociedad, Zaragoza, Athletic Bilbao and Betis- menaced to not attend to the meeting scheduled for yesterday, but in the end the 42 clubs that are part of the LFP were represented in Madrid for the reunion.

Five clubs at Primera and five at Segunda didn’t send a club’s official to the meeting, instead these ten club delegated their representation in another club, one of them was Deportivo. Lendoiro didn’t attend to the meeting and was represented by no other than Florentino Pérez, president of Real Madrid. The meeting was so important that also Sandro Rosell (Barcelona’s president) was there; even the president of the Spanish Sports Council (CSD), Miguel Cardenal, took part of the reunion.

The other seven Primera presidents in the meeting were Enrique Cerezo (Atletico Madrid), Jokin Aperribay (Real Sociedad), Miguel Guillén (Real Betis), Quico Catalán (UD Levante), Manuel Llorente (Valencia CF), Martín Presa (Rayo Vallecano) and Carlos Suárez (Real Valladolid). The rest of clubs were represented by vice-presidents or other officials.

Real Madrid’s Florentino Pérez during the meeting; he also represented Deportivo

As it could be expected there were no agreements during the meeting as the issues affecting Spanish football are complex and difficult to resolve in a short period of time, but in any case the speeches were positive and friendly, a totally different scenario to what was hear on last week with strong declarations coming from Sevilla and Atletico. The news agency EFE even informed that Mediapro and Canal + already started to negotiate the best way to resolve their differences.

The main conclusion from the meeting is that all the parties must continue negotiating and that there won’t be any strike for the first matchday in liga. The president of the CSD, Miguel Cardenal, addressed the media and said that, “They should abandon any posture of intransigence. Spanish football cannot afford the millions in losses that would result from poor commercial exploitation of broadcast rights.”

Meanwhile, the president of the LFP, José Luis Astiazarán told to reporters that, "We have been for quite some time talking about important issues. We put over the desk the important matters that are on our hands. We have discussed the issues of the league itself, governance and television broadcasts. The games for this weekend will be held on schedule. "

One of the most critic clubs with the LFP is Atletico Madrid, and president Enrique Cerezo changed his menacing speech of the past week, “The meeting was positive and this is the beginning of a friendship with the LFP. We´re thirteen clubs that are united nd we have to carry on until we achieve our goals. We will try to win the battle for the good of our own interests and for the good of La Liga.”

So, la liga kick offs this Saturday with Malaga CF visiting RC Celta; there will be three matches on Saturday, four on Sunday and the last three will be played on Monday; one of them is the visit of Osasuna to the Riazor in order to face Deportivo (19h00 CET).



Back to Club news