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Spanish FA ruling rejects Friday & Monday LaLiga fixtures

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A judge working for Spain’s ‘Competition Committee’ has sided on behalf of the RFEF (Spanish FA) which has led to an amendment of the kick-off times for the previously scheduled first three match-days of the 2019-20 season. The ruling sees those games already scheduled for Friday and Monday to be allocated Saturday and Sunday time-slots. The resolution stipulates that, going forward, Spanish first and second division games can only played on days other than Saturday and Sunday with express permission from the FA.

LaLiga immediately responded to the news, issuing a statement against the “attack” on LaLiga by the Federation and stated that the matter will be resolved by a state lawyer on August 7th with the situation pointing to yet another incident in the ongoing battle between head of LaLiga Javier Tebas and his counterpart at the Spanish FA, Luis Rubiales.

The new kick-off times (subject to an independent legal hearing in August) for the first three match days affect both LaLiga and LaLiga 1|2|3 teams with the following games suffering amendments:

Matchday 1:

  • Athletic-Barcelona: to be played on Saturday August 17 at 20:45 (not Friday August 16)
  • Mallorca-Eibar: moves to Sat.17-08 at 20:00 (not Monday August 19)
  • Betis-Valladolid: now Sunday August 18 at 20:45 (not Monday 19th)
  • Elche-Fuenlabrada: Saturday August 17 at 20:30 (not Monday Aug. 19)

Matchday 2:

  • Granada-Sevilla: now Saturday Aug. 24 at 20:30 (not Friday Aug. 23)
  • Leganés-Atlético: now Saturday 24 at 21:00 (not Monday 26th Aug.)
  • Levante-Villarrea: Sunday 25 at 20:45 (not Friday Aug. 23 23)
  • Albacete-Girona: Sat. 24/08 at 20:30 (not Friday Aug. 23)
  • Extremadura-Fuenlabrada: Sat. 24/08 at 20:30 (not Monday 19/08)

Matchday 3:

  • Sevilla-Celta: Sat Aug. 31 20:45 (not Friday Aug. 30)
  • Athletic-Real Sociedad: Sat. 31/08 at 20:45 (not Friday Aug. 30)
  • Las Palmas-Racing: Sunday 01 Sep. at 21:00 (not Friday Aug. 30)
  • Girona-Málaga: Sunday 01/09 at 21:00 (not Sunday 2nd)

* all times expressed in CEST