La Liga: Spanish league looking at legal action regarding CONMEBOL fixture calendar: La Liga is looking at precautionary legal action to protect its clubs and their players against the extension to the CONMEBOL international match calendar for South American countries in September and October, the Spanish league said on Thursday.
At the start of August, FIFA announced that games postponed in March this year would be played in the international friendlies breaks.
Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, and Sevilla are all due to play league games 24 hours later.
A La Liga spokesman said the exact judicial process is still to be determined, however, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) is a possible avenue.
The move comes a day after FIFA president Gianni Infantino called on La Liga and the Premier League to “show solidarity” and “preserve and protect sporting integrity” after clubs from both leagues said they would not allow players to travel to South America.
Describing the extra player release days as “a move in clear detriment to the integrity of La Liga and its competition,” the Spanish league said the decision was taken after a meeting with the 13 affected clubs whose players had been called up.
“At the moment there are 25 players from 13 different clubs (affected), a number that could be expanded when the calls of Ecuador and Venezuela are announced,” it said.
The Spanish clubs have also told the league they will not allow their players to report for national team duty until the situation has been resolved.
“Other confederations such as UEFA and CONCACAF have not extended their match calendar despite scheduling the same number of matches (three), working to fit in three international rounds of matches in a maximum of ten days in order to avoid disrupting domestic league competitions,” a La Liga statement read.
“During the meeting, unanimous agreement was reached to initiate precautionary measures before the appropriate judicial bodies in order to protect the rights and interests of the competition and the affected clubs.“