This weekend’s Primera Liga programme will go ahead as scheduled after a Madrid court blocked strike action.
The programme of games was in danger of being postponed following a dispute over a long-standing television rule which guarantees that at least one Primera Liga fixture must be broadcast for free on Spanish television.
Fourteen clubs have protested against the ruling and were prepared to not fulfil their latest fixture in an effort to force the authorities into a re-think.
However, six clubs – Sevilla, Athletic Bilbao, Real Sociedad, Real Zaragoza, Espanyol and Villarreal – opposed the proposed strike and started legal proceedings to prevent a stoppage.
They described the plan as ‘a disproportionate, untimely measure that is contrary to the interests of the clubs, the competition and the fans and is, in addition, contrary to the law’.
A Madrid court has backed their case and has ruled that fixtures must proceed as scheduled this weekend.
“The court decides the official calendar for the first and second divisions should remain unaltered for the next round of matches,” read a statement from the court.
Judge Purificacion Pujol added: “The league calendar cannot be changed.”