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Spanish league says little chance of averting strike

The head of Spain's professional soccer league (LFP) sees little chance of resolving a dispute with the government that has put a round of La Liga matches next month at risk of postponement.

LFP president Jose Luis Astiazaran said on Thursday there had been "no major progress" in finding a
solution to the spat which blew up last month after the league urged Spain's Socialist administration to scrap a rule that one La Liga game per matchday should be shown on free television.

The LFP argues that the move would strengthen clubs' bargaining power in negotiations on audiovisual rights with media firms. It also wants guarantees about how much cash it is entitled to receive from betting and lottery revenue.

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