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Player strike to disrupt Spanish season

The Spanish professional footballers' union (AFE) has announced they will go on strike and delay the start of the new La Liga season in a row over a wage guarantee fund.

• La Liga season faces delay

AFE said on Thursday that Spanish first and second division fixtures will be affected for the first two weekends of the 2011-12 league season.

"We are unanimous and firm in our decision to call a strike," AFE president Luis Rubiales said. "The league will not start until a new agreement (between the league and the players) has been signed."

Rubiales is demanding the introduction of a fund to protect players' wages if clubs become insolvent.

Last season a mid-season strike by AFE, over the non-payment of around €4 million in players' wages owed to various footballers in the Segunda Division, was called off after a late agreement was reached.

The La Liga season is scheduled to start on the weekend of August 20-21.

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