Opening matchday of Liga F suspended due to referees strike. What should be a new beginning for the Spanish women’s football turned into a big confusion after none of the referees showed up to the games.
After the Spanish top flight turned into a professional league, the referees also want their piece of the cake. Since Spanish federation did not meet their requests, they decided to go on strike for an indefinite period of time. Their decision led to an interesting turn of events since the teams were still obliged to travel to the stadiums and walk out on the pitch. After 30 minutes of waiting and training, the games were suspended.
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Assosication of the Professional Women’s Football said that they will explore the possibility of legal actions against the referees, making them accountable for financial damages and travel expenses of the teams. The Spanish Federation offered to increase match officials’ paycheck but the negotiations are still in progress. The referees will explain their stand on a press conference on Monday.