RFEF 'goodwill' over Monday and Friday LaLiga action; FTA games on Sky in UK
LaLiga matches will be played on Mondays and Fridays for the remainder of the 2019-20 season even after the RFEF, the Spanish soccer federation, won a legal ruling over the staging of matches on those days.
LaLiga and the RFEF have been embroiled in a protracted dispute over Monday and Friday night soccer, with the latter claiming that such games required its approval.
Under a temporary measure for this season, there have been fixtures on Fridays but not Mondays.
A commercial court in Madrid yesterday came out in favour of the RFEF although the federation, which is headed up by Luis Rubiales, said it is showing “goodwill” in agreeing to matches being played on both evenings when the league resumes, after the coronavirus-enforced suspension, next month.
LaLiga is set to restart, behind closed doors, with the local derby between Sevilla and Real Betis on 11 June, and it is envisaged that matches will be played on all nights as the league looks to conclude the delayed campaign, with maximum television coverage, as soon as possible.
In a statement, the RFEF said it “expresses its maximum satisfaction for the ruling issued this morning [Wednesday] by the commercial court number two of Madrid, in which it dismisses the demand of LaLiga and declares that the contesting of matches on Friday and Monday requires the approval of the RFEF.
"The RFEF has always been convinced that it was assisted by reason in this matter. Furthermore, the RFEF wants to clearly show its goodwill, facilitating the season to end smoothly.
"Therefore, it proposes to LaLiga - without linking it to the start of negotiations - that matches can be played on Fridays and Mondays, which are included in the calendar, from the resumption of competition and until the end of this season, without requesting anything in exchange for this month and a half."
The RFEF has indicated that it is open to games also being played on those two nights next season if spectators are still excluded from games.
In a statement, LaLiga expressed “its respect but absolute disagreement with the ruling issued,” and is expected to appeal.
Meanwhile, under a special promotion, LaLiga games will be available at no extra charge to customers of Sky, the UK pay-television operator, in June via the LaLiga TV channel.
LaLigaTV, which went live on Sky in January, is offered up by subscription broadcaster Premier Sports, which holds UK rights to the Spanish league in a three-year deal running to the end of the 2021-22 season.
Sky subscribers can activate the channel, and get streaming access to LaLiga coverage on the Premier Player app, by registering their details with the promotion code BACKTOWIN on the Premier Sports website.
From 1 July, LaLigaTV will revert to the standard subscription cost of £5.99 ($7.33) per month.
Barcelona held a two-point lead over arch-rivals Real Madrid at the top of the table when the league was suspended in March.