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Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 08/25/2011

La Liga strike ends after league guarantees $70 million in owed salaries, season begins Friday


Spanish soccer stadiums soon will be filled after La Liga ended its strike on Thursday. (Julian Finney - GETTY IMAGES)
The Spanish League strike, which began after the players union (AFE) and league officials clashed over salary guarantees for players owed more than $70 million in wages, has ended.

According to The Guardian, representatives from both sides met late Wednesday, and in a marathon session ending at 5:30 a.m. Thursday morning agreed to terms that guaranteed salaries owed to more than 200 players and allowed players who are not paid to break their contracts.

"The strike has been called off by the players' union," league president Jose Luis Astiazaran told a news conference. "It was an effort from both sides, both sides gave ground and I am very pleased that at last the ball will be in play."

AFE President Luis Rubiales said around 50 million euros ($70.4 million) that is owed to more than 200 players would be guaranteed by the league.

"The current economic situation is not easy and we must be grateful to the LFP for their efforts," he added.

League play will begin with with a Second Division match between Girona and Elche on Friday, followed by the opening La Liga matchup of Real Sociedad at Sporting Gijon.

(See the full La Liga schedule here.)

This was the fourth strike in the league’s history, the last of which was in 1984.

By Ian Saleh  |  01:51 PM ET, 08/25/2011

 
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