Spanish soccer league to play this weekend

A judge ruled that Spanish soccer league matches must go ahead

this weekend despite a strike called by top clubs in dispute over

television revenue.

Madrid Judge Purificacion Pujol backed an appeal made by six

mid-ranking clubs – Sevilla, Villarreal, Athletic Bilbao, Real

Sociedad, Espanyol and Zaragoza – that opposed the strike.

The league announced the strike March 23, citing a lack of

progress in talks with the government over club demands that a law

guaranteeing one match per week is broadcast on free-to-air

television be revoked.

The clubs want to move to a complete pay-TV model like the

English and Italian leagues.