The Spanish league says the latest talks with the Association of Spanish Football Players (AFE) have failed and the strike that has forced the postponement of the first week of the Spanish league season continues.

The league says the two sides will meet again as scheduled on Monday to ''continue the open dialogue to try and unblock the situation of the strike called by the AFE.''

Spanish players representing all 42 team in the top two division are backing the first work stoppage in 27 years in their demand for improved salary guarantees and the payment of $72 million clubs owe in unpaid salaries to more than 200 players.

The AFE plans to extend the strike to next weekend if a deal is not reached.

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