Footballers' union plans strike for the weekend of Real Madrid - Atlético
The stoppage is planned over the case of Isaac Cuenca. LaLiga have refused to register him at Reus, on the grounds they don't believe he will only earn 77,000 euros.
The Association of Spanish Footballers (AFE) are considering calling for a strike over the case of Isaac Cuenca. LaLiga is refusing to allow Reus to register the player on the grounds the league authorities don’t believe he will only be earning 77,000 euros, the minimum Segunda División salary. The strike, if it went ahead, would be scheduled for 29 and 30 September, matchday 7 of LaLiga, with the Real Madrid - Atlético Madrid derby on the line-up.
Salary cap problems at Reus
LaLiga also refused to register three other players at Reus, Yoda, Vitor and Tito due to the salary cap applied by LaLiga to Reus. These players are under contract to Reus, meaning that in order to play they need to rip up their contract with the club and move elsewhere. If they stay at Reus without being able to play they won’t be able to until the January market.
LaLiga don't believe Cuenca's salary
Isaac Cuenca’s case is different as he is a free agent. Cuenca left his existing deal with Hapoel Be’er Sheva in Israel to return to Spain. While hopeful of receiving an offer from a first division club that never materialised, he had been training with his hometown club Reus. He then agreed to form part of the squad at Reus, earning the minimum salary. However when the club sent the documentation to LaLiga, the authorities rejected it on the grounds that in their opinion there was no way the player have accepted that amount of money, with the suspicion that Cuenca had agreed that as his official salary to avoid the salary cap, while the club would find other ways to inflate his remuneration.