Ernesto Valverde’s Barcelona team are looking forward to successfully defending their Laliga title. But their league campaign is currently under threat as the Barcelona Players could be surprisingly ‘downing their tool’ in protest if the demands are not met.
The Catalans are prepared to join the rest of the LaLiga teams to go on strike as a result of the decision of the Spanish Football authorities to play some league matches in the United States of America.
In a press release last week, La Liga confirmed the launch of a new 15-year initiative called LaLiga North America, which will have the primary goal of promoting football in the United States and Canada.
The game which is currently scheduled for March 17 is one of those being considered as being the first LaLiga game to take place outside of Spain.
In protest, the captains of all the teams met on Wednesday night at and the head of the Spanish Footballers Association, David Aganzo, slammed such plans.
Aganzo said via Marca: “We can not allow unilateral decisions. It’s not just the game as such, in terms of health and travel, it just makes no sense to have a game played in the United States and have one team have to give up a home game.
“It cannot be that a person takes a decision of a 15-year agreement, which affects many people and without consulting. We are fed up with not being valued.
“La Liga have shown a lack of respect in not involving players that are directly affected by the decision.”
Possibility of strike
Aganzo continued: “We will try not to reach that extreme but we are willing to whatever it takes.
“The influx of Saudi Arabia’s players last year, the different export measures, playing on Mondays. We are getting used to unnatural things. Who is thinking about the fans? The time has come to say enough.
“I would like to give Javier Tebas (La Liga president) a dressing down so he can see football in a different way and realise that it is not just money and business.”
“They (the captains) are surprised and outraged to see that such important decisions have been made. The players are against it, not one of them is in favour of it. It was unanimous. Some clubs are in favour and others against. I am speaking on behalf of the players.”
David Aganzo, also added that he intends to have a meeting in September with LaLiga chief Javier Tebas where he will share all the complaints that the players have made.
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