Barcelona will be able to compete for the La Liga title now that the week-long Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) suspension and player’s strike has concluded, reports BBC Sport.
The strike occurred because of a power struggle over who runs Spanish football. The Spanish High Court ruled that the players’ strike over TV rights was unlawful, and therefore RFEF reversed the suspension of the end of the season.
The continuation of the end of the season means that Barcelona have the chance to claim the Spanish championship with a game to spare, by beating holders Atletico Madrid this weekend. The Spanish Cup will be played on May 30, as previously scheduled.
Barcelona are also competing in the Champions League final against Juventus, which will take place in June, and could realistically complete a fantastic treble within the next month.
The RFEF and players’ union (AFE) are not satisfied with the outcome of a new law that introduces collective bargaining for domestic television rights. It is supported by the National Professional Football League (LFP). The LFP runs the top two professional divisions.
The reason for the unsatisfactory feelings toward this new law is that the players believe that the split of money proposed by the LFP as well as the Spanish government is not fair to the lower-ranked clubs.
LFP president Javier Tebas announced Friday that they would take legal action against the suspension. He warns that it could cost up to €50m per match day in revenues.