ANGRY footballers have ended their training boycott after settling a wage row at a La Liga club on Spain’s Costa Blanca which has many UK expat supporters and season-ticket holders.
Players at Segunda division side Elche did not turn up yesterday (May 13) for individual practice sessions as a protest against their salaries being cut.
The professionals decided to keep on training at home to show their disquiet with the club’s decision not to lift the furloughs that had been put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Their argument was that they ought to be back on a full salary after they were summoned back to the club for official training.
A deal has been struck after talks with Elche’s managing director, Patricia Rodriguez, but it is not clear what kind of salaries the players will get.
“The mutual benefit for everybody involved with Elche has been sorted out including the club’s economic viability,” said Rodriguez, who admitted that there had been some intensive negotiations.
Elche’s players had their salaries and working hours slashed by 70 per cent during Spain’s State of Alarm, and a further provocation according to the AS newspaper was that the Elche coaching staff had their full salaries restored yesterday.
Elche are in the play-off zone of the Segunda division in sixth place, with their campaign suspended in mid-March after 31 fixtures.
Subject to government approval and the health situation, La Liga’s remaining matches might start to be played out in June.