Top two leagues in Spain to start as strike ends

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Lionel Messi's Barcelona will start their season against Villareal on Monday

Spain's top two divisions will finally get under way on Saturday after further strike action was averted.

Last weekend's first round of matches was postponed with no deal agreed over a fund to protect players' wages if their clubs are declared insolvent.

But talks between the Liga de Futbol Profesional (LFP) and Association of Spanish Footballers (AFE) finally reached a resolution on Thursday.

Real Madrid play at Zaragoza on Sunday and Barcelona host Villareal on Monday.

The original opening set of games are now set to played on 28 December subject to an agreement with the AFE.

This is because there is a clause in the players' collective agreement barring fixtures during the festive period.

According to the AFE, clubs in Spain owe around 50m euros in unpaid salaries to more than 200 players from the end of last season.

A statement on the AFE website read: "The committee of the AFE and LFP have reached an agreement that ensured, through various means, the salaries of footballers.

"After the meeting today between the AFE and the LFP, the strike scheduled for Friday 26 August, Saturday 27 August, Sunday 28 August and Monday 29 August is off."

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