By Anna Ellis • 11 September 2022 • 14:51
Female football referee strike causes disruption to the sport in Spain. Image: Master1305/Shutterstock.com
The female referees are demanding professional status and payment in line with the men’s LaLiga, according to MSN.
Teams Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid were amongst those set to feature on Saturday, September 10. in the first season of a fully professional women’s league in Spain
30 minutes after the scheduled kickoff time both teams issued statements saying their respective opening-round fixtures were suspended “due to the non-appearance of the referee team”.
The referees and assistant referees, who had announced a strike on Thursday, September 8, said the league had not addressed their concerns and they would not officiate any top-division fixtures “under the present working and economic conditions”.
“The referees want to provide the best possible service to football and that necessarily means having minimum working conditions comparable to those of the refereeing establishment of the men’s professional competition,” the statement added.
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Originally from Derbyshire, Anna has lived in the middle of nowhere north of Alicante on the Costa Blanca with her family for 19 years. She is passionate about her animal family including four dogs and four horses, musicals and cooking. Anna is a news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in the Costa Blanca South area and Almeria. Share your story with her by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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