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Spanish referees lift strike that suspended the women’s soccer league

The new Spanish women's football league will be able to start its first season with professional status this weekend after reaching an agreement


The new Spanish women’s football league will be able to start its first season with professional status this weekend after reaching an agreement with the refereeswhose strike had forced the opening day to be suspended.

In a statement published on Wednesday night, the F League, the name of the women’s championship, reported that “the arbitration group has finally accepted the proposal made by this League.”

“The women’s soccer competition will resume next weekend after the shameful episode of matchday 1 and that should never have been allowed,” the letter added.

Scheduled for last weekend, the first day ended up being suspended as a result of the referees’ strike, who did not appear at the matches.

The judges, whose work depends on the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), decided to stop demanding “minimum working conditions comparable to those of the arbitration establishment of the male professional competition.”

Now those games will have to be rescheduled.

The League indicated in its statement that it increased the remuneration of the main referees from 300 to 1,666 euros per game, while that of the assistants will go from 166 to 1,066 euros per game.

According to the League, the referees and the Federation required that all the judges working in a match be paid a total of 21,000 euros per match, which would represent a cost of 5,000 million euros per season.

“This is 70% of the audiovisual income generated by the competition,” denounced the League, celebrating having “made the arbitration group see reason.”

The RFEF, on its side, announced in a statement the creation of a retirement fund for referees that will be financed by the Federation itself, the government, the League and the clubs.

The championship will finally start on Saturday at 12:00 local time (10:00) with a match between Barça, current league champions, and Tenerife.