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La Liga clubs set to strike against the Government on 28th October



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As reported by COPE, La Liga could go on a strike against the Government next week over the passing of a law that aids the formation of the European Super League.

La Liga president Javier Tebas has informed clubs from the Spanish first and second divisions that there is a serious possibility of a strike on October 28, a day after the Extraordinary Assembly meeting he has called.

This comes in light of PP and PSOE withdrawing the amendment that they had presented as part of the new Sports Law to protect La Liga from external factors such as the European Super League project spearheaded by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez.

The said amendment intended to allow the Spanish Football Federation and La Liga the possibility of refusing a license to any club if it plays in a competition not recognized by the national, European or international federations.

However, PP and PSOE, decided to withdraw the amendment from the Law, meaning La Liga and the RFEF will not have the power to sanction the teams involved in the Super League. It had sparked an angry reaction from Tebas recently.

Following that, Tebas and 15 member clubs of the Delegated Commission of La Liga met with Miquel Iceta, the Minister of Culture and Sport last Monday to discuss the matter and explained to him how withdrawing the amendment could have an adverse effect on clubs and the competition.

They are said to have returned with positive feelings from the meeting. But since then, there has been a growing distance between the positions of the two parties, leading to tension.

Amidst this, Tebas has informed clubs that La Liga could go on strike on October 28, if the aforementioned amendment’s withdrawal is not reversed by today.

As many as 39 of the 42 clubs from Spain’s first two divisions are said to be against the new Law, with only Real Madrid, Barcelona and Athletic Club not opposing the withdrawal of the amendment. These clubs are said to be in support of the strike in case the changes are not made.

The La Liga president has called for an Extraordinary Assembly on October 27, after which football in the first and second divisions could stop the next day.

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Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool monitoring 19-year-old Bundesliga wonderkid – Romano



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According to Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all monitoring Bayer Leverkusen and Germany wonderkid Florian Wirtz.

After recovering from his ACL injury, the teenage sensation has been slowly working his way back to his best form. So far this term, Wirtz has managed to rack up a tally of two goals and six assists from 13 matches in all competitions.

The 19-year-old’s talent and potential have never been in question and hence it does not come as a surprise that elite clubs such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all keeping tabs on the German international.

A versatile attacking midfielder, Wirtz is capable of playing anywhere in the final third of the pitch and backs up with top-notch end product. Be it as a false-nine or in a more withdrawn role, the youngster has excelled for Bayer Leverkusen, catching the attention of top teams.

Real Madrid, for their part, are also understood to be among Wirtz’s admirers. Given the situation surrounding Karim Benzema’s fitness and the lack of backup at the top, the youngster could be an option, as he has shown potential while operating through the middle.

But Barcelona also have a strong interest in the teenager with reports even suggesting that they have already made contact with his father to enquire about his situation.

At the same time, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is understood to be a huge admirer of his fellow German and with Roberto Firmino on his way out, Wirtz could be lined up as a possible replacement.

However, Romano adds that the expectation is that Wirtz could stay at Bayer Leverkusen for one more year and depart Germany once the UEFA Euro 2024 is out of the way.

For now, there have been talks or negotiations with any clubs, but Real Madrid, Barcelona and Liverpool are all tracking Wirtz and his progress in Germany.

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