MADRID (AP) – The start of the Spanish league remained in limbo after talks to end the players' strike failed on Saturday.
The Spanish league said it and the Association of Spanish Football Players (AFE) will meet again Monday to ''continue the open dialogue to try and unblock the situation of the strike called by the AFE.''
Spanish club players representing all 42 teams in the top two divisions began the first work stoppage in 27 years on Friday in their demand for improved salary guarantees and the payment of $72 million clubs owe in unpaid salaries to more than 200 players.
The strike prevented the first round of the league from starting this weekend. The AFE has said it plans to extend the strike to the second round next weekend if a deal is not reached.
The league wouldn't begin until Sept. 10 under such a scenario. The league has not announced if the games scheduled for the first week would be played then or if the calendar would be reshuffled.
While most squads are honoring the strike and won't return to practice until late Monday or Tuesday, clubs involved in European competition trained, with Athletic Bilbao, Villarreal and Sevilla facing Europa League matches next week.
Atletico Madrid, also with an upcoming Europa League date, will have a double training session on Sunday after not practicing on Saturday. Real Madrid's and Getafe's players attended practices.
Barcelona's exhibition against Napoli on Monday also will go ahead.