Euronews: Spanish league fixtures will be postponed for a second week due to strike action after the players’ union and the Spanish football league failed to reach an agreement over unpaid debts to players.
We are now joined by the Vice President of the Players’ Union Jesús Díaz Peramos.
Good afternoon Mr Peramos and thank you for being with us. What’s the latest regarding the ongoing strike?
Jesús Díaz Peramos: Good afternoon, unfortunately we still haven’t reached an agreement with the Spanish Football Association so league fixtures will be postponed for a second week.
Euronews: What are your demands?
Jesús Díaz Peramos: We’re demanding greater protection for players’ wages at clubs who have gone into financial administration.
It’s not fair that approximately 200 players in the top two divisions have not been fully paid by their clubs and are owed huge sums of money.
Euronews: Right now, clubs are saying that they have no money. Could some players maybe accept paycuts to help the current situation?
Jesús Díaz Peramos: Players just want clubs to honour the contracts they sign with them. Some of them have accepted paycuts if their side is relegated to the second division.
Players are trying to adapt to the situation but it’s difficult when their clubs fail to generate big enough revenues.
Euronews: What about the fans though? Right now they’re in the middle of all of this. They just want the football season to start again.
Jesús Díaz Peramos: Well I would like to tell them that I feel the same way. I also want the season to kick off as soon as possible but the union just wants strong foundations so that we don’t make the same mistakes.
Euronews. How long will the strike go on for? One month, two months? Can we envisage a year without any football in Spain? What about Euro 2012?
Jesús Díaz Peramos: Until we reach an agreement with the Spanish football league, la Liga will not resume. It’s hard to say how long this could take, maybe one or two weeks?
All I know is that we need to find a solution as soon as possible and this is not just all about both parties failing to reach an agreement over unpaid debts to players.
Some clubs are also complaining about other teams buying players without being able to pay for their transfer fees.
Euronews: Well it’s quite clear that no agreement has been reached yet and so the players union will continue their strike. Thank you for being with us.