Luis Rubiales, president of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), has reiterated that he and the federation intend to stop LaLiga games being played on Mondays.
Rubiales, who was speaking at the World Soccer Congress, admits that matches on a Monday are not good for supporters, but hasn’t given up on Friday fixtures just yet.
“Some years ago, someone at the RFEF thought that it would be good to explore playing on [Friday and Monday],” he explained.
“They said to LaLiga that they could play on these days.
“At that point, LaLiga said that they’d already sold the rights for the next few years and I said from then on that you can’t sell what is not yours.
“I’ve already said that the Federation is going to stop games being played on a Monday, it’s bad for the fans, but the footballers, referees and coaches don’t care. [Playing on a] Friday is something we know we can discuss.”
Rubiales has been meeting with LaLiga president Javier Tebas as the two organisations look to sign a new coordination agreement that determines kick-off times among other things.
“Sincerely, and I’m being very sincere, there is no problem with signing the coordination agreement,” Rubiales said. “It would be signed in two minutes, it’s that easy.
“Obviously we want them to continue making the most of the schedule for the clubs, it must be like this. Another thing is that there’s a protected time zone.
“Who protects the footballers’ health? Who stops them playing at 16.00 or 17.00 when the temperatures are very high? Or at 21.00 on a Monday when temperatures are lower. That’s the federations and RFEF.”