Spain’s professional football league (LFP) has threatened to cancel games on the weekend of April 2-3 if the government does not agree to scrap a rule that one La Liga game per matchday must be shown on TV for free.
After a meeting in Madrid, the LFP, which represents first and second division clubs, said it wanted the rule dropped for the start of the 2012-13 season so clubs were in a stronger position to negotiate TV rights with broadcasters.
The free matches would not necessarily be stopped entirely but the LFP wanted the obligation to show them to be removed, president Jose Luis Astiazaran revealed at a news conference.
“We discussed the obligation for free games, which does not mean there won’t be any, rather that we do not want the obligation to exist,” Astiazaran said.
“We will set a timeframe for talking to the government and parliamentary groups but if there is no conclusive progress matchday 30 (on April 2/3) will not be played,” he added.
“If that is the case, that matchday would be moved forward a week and the league would end in June.”