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2019 05 28 Retrieve

[Former Real Madrid star Raul Bravo is one of several high-profile figures to have been arrested as part of a match-fixing investigation by Spanish authorities. A La Liga spokesman has said] The police action follows complaints about possible match-fixing in a May 2018 match from La Liga to the Spanish authorities. La Liga is very active in combating match-fixing. It is important to us to have a fair competition.

2019 05 28b Retrieve

[Former Real Madrid star Raul Bravo is one of several high-profile figures to have been arrested as part of a match-fixing investigation by Spanish authorities. Spanish police informed that] Several soccer players from Spain’s first and second divisions have been arrested on suspicion of having taken part in match-fixing, National Police sources told EFE on Tuesday. The sources said raids had begun early in the morning in an operation against alleged soccer match-fixing that had been set up in a bid to obtain financial benefits from betting on the outcome of games.

: 2019 06 30 Pep Guardiola expressed his disagreement with the idea of a breakaway competition for Europe’s top clubs, saying a prospective Super League would ‘kill’ domestic football. Reports suggesting Bayern Munich and their chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge might attempt to lead the creation of a new competition for Europe’s biggest clubs have been circulating since late 2018, and Guardiola is one of many to have voiced their concern

: 2019 07 04 Barcelona and Real Madrid have seen Clasico dates in 2019-20 set for October 27 and March 1, with the schedule for the new season in La Liga having been revealed

: 2019 07 19 Atletico Madrid have reported Barcelona to La Liga as they continue to pursue an €80 million addition to the transfer which has taken Antoine Griezmann to Camp Nou.

2019 07 26 Retrieve

[La Liga claims it’s under attack from the RFEF and refuses to alter fixture dates. La Liga refutes the decision, instead claiming to be the only organisation able to set the schedule for league fixtures] LaLiga confirms that there is a judicial hearing indicated for August 7 with the objective of resolving this RFEF attack with caution to La Liga’s powers and the value of the audiovisual rights of the associated clubs

2019 07 31 Retrieve

[La Liga refute the RFEF’s view that they have a say in fixture scheduling, calling the changes an ‘attack’, before adding that they themselves are] the only competent organisation to set schedules and dates in the national professional football competition. Therefore, the schedules already indicated by La Liga for the first days of the competition will be those in which the matches will be played

2019 07 31b Retrieve

[Given the RFEF’s opposition to this idea, when it was announced that they had agreed that the 2019 Supercopa de Espana would be extended to a four-team affair, played in January of next year rather than August and moved to Saudi Arabia, La Liga were less than impressed] This is due to the fact that these types of changes should be agreed to by La Liga as they affect clubs belonging to the league and they imply an important change to the professional competition calendar

2019 09 29 Retrieve

[The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has accused TV producers of manipulating VAR images after Denis Cheryshev’s goal was allowed to stand in Valencia’s 1-0 win against Athletic Club on Saturday] Against the most elementary rules of the ethical sporting code and the rules of national and international competition, the producer of the match has put up images of a hypothetical offside line that doesn’t correspond to the [line] of VAR. These images [are] without any sort of technical rigour and offer a distorted view of the play. [It’s a] manoeuvre which creates a social alarm like a loss in confidence in the current VAR provider and in the skill of the Spanish referees.

The RFEF wants to make it clear that there can be no confusion and will raise the relevant complaint to international judicial and football organisations to analyse the situation and apply the corresponding measures. We are convinced that these irresponsible actions could lead to serious penalties. Therefore, we urge the LNFP [the Spanish football league] to articulate the necessary mechanisms to cease these types of activities so as not to damage and devalue the image of Spanish football

2019 10 16 Retrieve

[La Liga asks Barcelona & Real Madrid to move Clasico from Camp Nou to Bernabeu amid Catalan protests] RFEF has received the LFP request and has brought the case to the Competition Committee, which has brought the situation to the clubs. FC Barcelona and Real Madrid have until Monday to respond. After [their comments] are received and analysed, the Competition will decide

2019 10 17 Retrieve

[Atletico Madrid and Villarreal submit request to play La Liga match in Miami] La Liga, alongside Villarreal and Atletico Madrid, [on Thursday] presented an official request to the RFEF to play the match between Villarreal and Atletico Madrid, corresponding to La Liga matchday 16, on December 6, 2019, at 10pm Spanish time (4pm local time) at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami (Florida, United States).

This request is part of La Liga’s international growth strategy. There are millions of La Liga fans around the world. Bringing the clubs closer to these fans represents an important opportunity to connect with them and continue working for the global growth of La Liga on a worldwide level.

This international growth has a benefit for the clubs involved, as well as players, fans, La Liga, Spanish football and Spain itself. The choice of teams is due to the interest and availability shown by both clubs. USA, and especially Miami, is an essential part of its growth strategies. Villarreal now have been working in the North American market for various years, through the presence of academies and different training and marketing activities. Atletico Madrid recently completed a successful summer tour of the U.S., where they also took part in the MLS All-Star match in Orlando (Florida). The players and coaching staff from both sides have been told about this and have shown enthusiasm in taking football to their fans in the US. Also the Spanish Footballers’ Association (AFE) has been informed of the request

2019 10 17b Retrieve

[Barcelona vs Real Madrid Clasico postponed due to security concerns] Following an extraordinary meeting yesterday by the RFEF Competition Committee, an analysis of the Liga match between Barcelona and Real Madrid scheduled for October 26 has resulted in the following: The rules prevent the alteration of the order of matches between the teams already in the calendar. The Committee will allow the affected clubs to reach an agreement on a new date for El Clasico. Barcelona and Real Madrid are requested to select a date and time in the coming hours, with Monday, October 21 at 10:00am (CET) as a limit. In the case that an agreement cannot be reached, the Competition Committee will be the body responsible for determining the date of the match

2019 10 22 Retrieve

[Barcelona and Real Madrid left waiting as RFEF postpone Clasico date decision] The Competition Committee of the Royal Spanish Football Federation will return to Barcelona and Real Madrid tomorrow [Tuesday] after receiving new statements from the National Professional Football League [LaLiga] on the date of the Clasico [originally] to be played on October 26 and was postponed due to exceptional circumstances.

The clubs will have a deadline to answer by 20:00 on Tuesday, and the Competition Committee must meet again to assess their responses. During the day, the Competition Committee has analysed the proposals of both clubs, which it invited to agree to a day and who have agreed to play the postponed match on December 18. It [the Competition Committee] has also analysed the various reports sent by the National Professional Football League during these days. In addition, the Committee requested a report from the RFEF Competition Area, which has been sent to them in a timely manner

2019 10 23 Retrieve

[New date for rescheduled Clasico confirmed as December 18] The decision of the competition committee has come after analysing in recent days the proposals of both clubs, which they invited to agree on a date and who agreed to signal on December 18 for the rescheduling of the postponed match

2019 10 23b Retrieve

[New date for rescheduled Clasico confirmed as December 18] La Liga does not share the resolution of the competition committee to settle on December 18 - following the agreement reached by FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, but La Liga’s refusal - as the new date of the previously postponed Clasico

We are studying the documentation referring to this procedure to assess the possible legal actions to be taken, against the corresponding institutions and before the public bodies or jurisdictional bodies that it deems appropriate

2019 10 26 Retrieve

[Why has Barcelona vs Real Madrid been postponed and when will El Clasico be played now?] La Liga doesn’t agree with the competition committee’s decision to stipulate 18 December - after an agreement was reached between Barcelona and Real Madrid, despite La Liga’s objections - as the date in which the postponed Clasico should be played. We are studying the documentation that we have recently received regarding the process in which the decision was taken. This is in order to evaluate taking possible legal action and against whom it should be tabled, before the relevant and opportune public organisations or legal organisms

2019 11 15 Retrieve

[RFEF demands La Liga chief resigns as Villarreal v Atletico Madrid match in Miami is shelved] The request to the member clubs of La Liga to start a dialogue with the Federation is reiterated and the immediate dismissal of the president of La Liga or his immediate resignation is requested. The president of La Liga, Mr. Javier Tebas, has filed all kinds of lawsuits (criminal, civil, commercial, administrative) and appeals against the RFEF, in what is considered an attempt to justify his own mistakes.

leader of La Liga considers that he can act outside the Federation, however, judges, administration, etc … have found and communicated that this is not possible and that, without the authorisation of the RFEF, he cannot organise the soccer competitions in Spain. La Liga is a competition manager that must adapt its performance to the rules of FIFA, UEFA and RFEF. This attitude that can be considered a total disregard from the president of La Liga for the rules of FIFA, UEFA, as well as the RFEF, leading to an extremely serious situation and putting La Liga clubs themselves at risk.

In the opinion of the RFEF, this attitude is ‘absolutely hostile and irresponsible’ against the institution that directs football in Spain and is causing damage to this sport and especially for clubs that are part of La Liga. It must cease immediately

2020 02 15 Retrieve

[Eibar’s La Liga game against Real Sociedad on Sunday has been postponed due to air contamination] In contact with La Liga, the RFEF and the clubs involved, the Competition Committee, and on the recommendation of the Basque Government, has decided to suspend the Eibar-Real Sociedad match that was going to take place [Sunday] February 16 at 4:00 p.m. at the Ipurua stadium

2020 03 10 Retrieve

[La Liga to be played behind closed doors for 15 days as coronavirus cases increase] According to information from the Higher Sports Council (CSD), the matches of LaLiga Santander and LaLiga SmartBank will be played behind closed doors, starting today and for at least the next two weeks. La Liga will continue in constant contact with the Ministry of Health and the CSD to meet its recommendations and/or decisions, putting the health of fans, players, club employees, journalists, etc. before the health crisis of COVID-19

or weeks, La Liga has been working on alternative plans in coordination with UEFA, in case the health authorities decree the suspension of any match, and have a plan of dates to contest the matches within the established deadlines

2020 03 12 Retrieve

[La Liga suspended for next two matchdays due to coronavirus pandemic] La Liga has decided given the circumstances that have come to light this morning, such as the quarantine put in place at Real Madrid and possible positive cases at other clubs, to continue with the next phase of the protocol of action against Covid-19. In accordance with measures established in the Royal Decree 664/1997 of May 12, it has been agreed that the competition will be postponed for the next two matchdays. Said decision will be re-evaluated after the completion of the quarantines undertaken in the affected clubs and in other possible situations that may arise. As organiser of the competition, La Liga has communicated the decision to the RFEF, the CSD and the clubs

2020 03 21 Retrieve

[Former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz dies after contracting coronavirus] The thoughts of everybody at La Liga go out to our colleague Fernando Sanz and his family following the death of Lorenzo Sanz, who many of us have worked with and shared friendship. La Liga expresses its sincerest condolences for the loss, particular towards Real Madrid, where Sanz spent many years as president

2020 03 22 Retrieve

[Spanish FA head urges Olympic postponement] The president of the RFEF, Luis Rubiales, transmitted the request for postponement of the next Olympic Games to Juan Antonio Samaranch. He did so at the meeting held with other Spanish sports federations and to which he was called by the president of the COE [the Spanish Olympic Commission], Alejandro Blanco. The president of Spanish football asked that all efforts be focused on supporting our Administration in the fight against COVID-19. At this time, health must prevail over any other issue and we must be on the side of our Government. Sport is our reason for being, but now it must be in the background. We continue to work for football and solutions for this sector, however, now the duty as Spaniards is to stay united and suspend all sports events, as this Federation did in regard to those competitions over which it has oversight.

[Rubiales went on to offer the RFEF’s sympathies to those who have lost loved ones] We show our pain for the victims of this pandemic, our condolences to their families, our encouragement for the health workers and the State Security Forces and all those who are maintaining public services. We remain at the disposal of the authorities and we offer ourselves to collaborate in any measures that may be considered

2020 03 23 Retrieve

[La Liga 2019-2020 season suspended indefinitely due to coronavirus] The RFEF and La Liga agree the suspension of professional soccer competitions until the competent authorities of the government of Spain and the general state administration consider that they can be resumed and this does not pose any risk to health. Both the RFEF and La Liga want to show their greatest public gratitude to all those who are dedicating their best efforts to provide essential services to Spaniards, and we also wish to show our sincere remembrance for all the deceased and a warm embrace from the world of soccer for all families that are losing loved ones

2020 03 27 Retrieve

[Real Madrid sit second in La Liga this season, two points behind Barcelona, with the competition suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic] The RFEF and La Liga agree the suspension of professional soccer competitions until the competent authorities of the government of Spain and the general state administration consider that they can be resumed and this does not pose any risk to health. Both the RFEF and La Liga want to show their greatest public gratitude to all those who are dedicating their best efforts to provide essential services to Spaniards, and we also wish to show our sincere remembrance for all the deceased and a warm embrace from the world of soccer for all families that are losing loved ones

2020 03 22 Retrieve

[Lorenzo Sanz: Coronavirus claims life of former Real Madrid president] From LaLiga, we want to send our deepest condolences for the recent death of Lorenzo Sanz, with whom many of us have shared work and friendship. We share in the pain of this loss, especially for Real Madrid, the club of which he was president for years. Rest in peace

2020 04 21 Retrieve

[La Liga clubs pledge additional £177m to Spanish sports and lower leagues] This agreement looks to help sport not just in these moments of crisis provoked by COVID-19 but forever. This is a structural measure with no time limit which will strengthen the commitment of the professional clubs and La Liga with Spanish sport

2020 05 08 Retrieve

[Top two football division clubs in Spain resumed individual training which has not been allowed for almost two months due to coronavirus threat] Under strict social distancing protocols defined by La Liga, various clubs returned to individual training today after receiving the medical all-clear

2020 05 10 Retrieve

[Five players in La Liga and Spanish second division test positive for coronavirus] Specifically, between the La Liga Santander [first division] and La Liga SmartBank [second division] clubs, five positive cases have been detected in players, all of them asymptomatic and in the final phase of the disease, whose specific identity La Liga does not know in compliance with the laws on data protection

2020 05 18 Retrieve

[La Liga clubs return to training in groups of 10 following coronavirus-enforced suspension] Group training may be carried out by all clubs, regardless of the de-escalation phase of the province in which they are located. This is a significant step forward on the road towards restarting professional football in Spain, which has been on hold since March 12 due to the Covid-19 pandemic

2020 06 07 Retrieve

[La Liga to remember Covid-19 victims with a minute’s silence before matches] The RFEF and La Liga have announced that upon the return of football, in all professional and non-professional competitions, a minute of silence will be held before all matches in memory of those who have died from COVID-19

Both organisations have reached an agreement to pay a sincere tribute during this season to all those who have left us because of the pandemic, as well as their families

That is why from this very Wednesday, in the resumption of Rayo Vallecano-Albacete as in the rest of La Liga Santander and La Liga SmartBank [Segunda Division] matches, as well as in the play-offs for promotion to La Liga Santander and Segunda B, the world of football will remember the deceased with 60 seconds of mourning before the start of the matches

2020 06 14 Retrieve

[Pitch-invader who tried to get selfie with Lionel Messi ‘should be charged’] This type of conduct puts the health of others at risk and risks damaging the integrity of the competition

2020 06 14b Retrieve

[Messi-chasing pitch invader faces stiff punishment after breaking coronavirus protocol] La Liga will file the appropriate legal action, considering that this was a criminal act. La Liga would also like to express its absolute condemnation of this kind of behaviour, which puts in risk the health of others and the integrity of our competition