Spanish FA suspends all domestic games over government dispute

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The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has taken the drastic action to suspend all domestic matches from May 16 onwards as an ongoing dispute between several parties and the government over new TV rights and plenty of other matters continue.

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That’s right folks, the La Liga season will grind to a halt two weeks before the end of the current campaign as league officials will suspend all matches.

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On Wednesday RFEF made the announcement that it would be suspending all matches in Spain over changes in financial rules from the Secretary of State for Sport and claimed that FIFA has given the Spanish government a “serious warning” as to its action. RFEF also said it was unhappy with being awarded only 4.55 percent of pools revenue but it was still open to dialogue.

All of this hinges around a new TV deal for Spain’s top flight which was revealed last week as a new law was made to allow TV cash to be distributed evenly between the 20 teams in La Liga rather than the big dogs of Real Madrid and Barcelona getting a larger chunk of the TV revenue.

It remains to be seen how this all shakes out, but the final few weeks of the La Liga season are in serious jeopardy.

Atletico Madrid host Barcelona in the penultimate week of the season and with the title still on the line as Barca holds a slender two-point advantage over Real Madrid with three games left, we could be in limbo for quite some time until RFEF and the Spanish government figure things out.

What a mess.