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Collet: La Liga isn’t fair and it borders on fraud

by Tom Conn | Posted on Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Espanyol president, Joan Collet has once again criticised the LFP and the subject of television rights revenue distribution, which is dramatically in favour Barcelona and Real Madrid, as well as other financial disparities within the league.


In a recent interview, Collet spoke about the financial failures of the league and ways in which he believes they can correct it and raise the quality, while simultaneously raising the competitiveness, putting everyone on a level playing field, going so far as to suggest a league-wide strike.

“This competition is not fair and it verges on fraud. We’ve entered a dark alley and we must copy the model for the distribution of television rights from other leagues, like the Premier League.

“Not so long ago, all the clubs spent what they didn’t have. Football was in a bubble. Now the game is in complete crisis and the model has broken down.

“We have failed to establish a balance in ‘La Liga’ in terms of finance and football. For many years, clubs have used the Treasury Department as a bank.

“Perhaps the only solution is to call a strike. They had one in Italy and the league stopped for two or three weeks because the politicians found a quick solution.”

Collet then discussed his side’s strong start, then subsequent dip in form over the past three weeks.

“I’m not worried. I wasn’t happy after losing to Elche, but I have total faith in Aguirre and our squad is better than before. We have a team that is fighting to achieve ambitious objectives.”

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