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Spanish FA wins scheduling battle, but ready to yield ground for season completion

The Spanish football federation (RFEF) will allow matches to be played every day of the week in spite of winning a legal battle with La Liga over scheduling.

This is in order to complete the season after a three-month shutdown due to the new coronavirus pandemic

A commercial court on Tuesday rejected La Liga’s lawsuit against the federation.

RFEF had last year ruled that league matches could only be scheduled on weekends so as to protect the interests of match-going supporters.

The federation on Wednesday welcomed the judge’s decision.

But it said it would not stand in the way if the league wished to schedule matches on every day of the week.

The federation said this was in order to finish the current season as quickly as possible.

RFEF president Luis Rubiales and La Liga chief Javier Tebas are sworn enemies.

But both men last month committed to working together to overcome the crisis caused by the pandemic following a meeting with sports minister Irene Lozano at the Viana Palace.

“The federation wishes to show its utmost satisfaction with the sentence passed by the judge today, which rejects La Liga’s suit and declares that matches on Fridays and Mondays require the federation’s approval,” RFEF said in a statement.

“However, the federation wishes to show its goodwill and will do its part to facilitate the season being completed without any problems, upholding the spirit of harmony it committed to at the Viana Palace.

“That is why it is offering La Liga the chance to hold games on Fridays and Mondays once this season restarts until it finishes, without asking for anything in return.”

There are 11 rounds of matches remaining in the top-flight season.

The season is set to resume on June 11 after being suspended indefinitely on March 12 due to the pandemic, although fixtures have not yet been confirmed.

La Liga said it respected the sentence but disagreed with it and was planning an appeal.

“La Liga’s importance to this country should be remembered, as this is an industry worth 1.37 percent of the annual GDP and generates 185,000 jobs and 4.1 billion euros (4.51 billion dollars) in tax revenue,” a league statement indicated.

“The current predicament caused by COVID-19 and resolutions of this nature endanger an industry which is hugely important to society.”

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