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Players in Spanish women’s league go on strike

Liga Iberdrola: Atletico de Madrid v Deportivo de la Coruña

ALCALA DE HENARES, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 03: Toni Duggan and Laia Aleixandri Lópezi, players of Atletico de Madrid, celebrating a goal during the Spanish women’s league, Liga Iberdrola, football match played between Atletico de Madrid and Deportivo de la Coruña at Ciudad Deportiva Wanda on November 03, 2019 in Alcala de Henares, Spain. (Photo by Irina R. H. / Europa Press Sports via Getty Images)

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MADRID -- Spanish women’s league players have gone on strike this weekend demanding better wages and worker protections. Both of Saturday’s games and the six games scheduled for Sunday were postponed due to the players’ refusal to play.

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Players had announced the strike last month after failing to reach a deal with clubs over wages and working hours. More than 90 percent of the 200 players who voted favored the strike, the first in women’s soccer in Spain.

The players’ and clubs’ associations in Spain have been mired in negotiations over a first collective agreement for more than a year.

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Among other issues is the protection of benefits for players in the event of pregnancy.

Spain has 16 first-division women’s clubs, but only a few are fully professional.

The clubs claim they can’t afford the changes currently proposed by the players.