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La Liga News: 7 May 2015; RFEF Suspends League Action, LFP Begin Legal Action to Block Shutdown

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Spanish Federation suspends end-of-season matches | Eurosport
The law was agreed last week with the backing of the National Professional Football League (LFP) and aims to create a more level playing field for clubs in Spain's top two divisions by sharing out TV cash more equitably.However, both the RFEF, and its influential president Angel Maria Villar, and the players' union (AFE) have come out against the new rules and both organisations have backed halting competition right across Spanish soccer.

Spanish league to block RFEF plans to suspend competition | Eurosport
Spain's professional league (LFP) has begun legal action to block a decision by the football federation (RFEF) to indefinitely suspend competition from May 16 over a spat with the government on a new law on collective bargaining for TV rights.

Real Madrid the most valuable team in football ahead of Barcelona | Sky Sports
The reigning European champions have seen their value drop by five per cent, but they are still worth £2.13bn and their £489m in revenue is the highest of any sports team in the world. Spanish rivals Barcelona are second in the 2015 list with a value of £2.07bn followed by the Premier League's most valuable team, Manchester United at £2.03bn.

Manchester United target Gareth Bale staying at Real Madrid, says agent | Football News | Sky Sports
Bale has been jeered at by supporters and criticised in the media for some poor performances of late, leading to speculation he may look to leave the club at the end of the season. But Jonathan Barnett, who brokered Bale's world-record £86million deal from Tottenham in 2013, said: "Why would he look to go elsewhere?

Espanyol to be taken over? | Football Espana
Espanyol are in advanced negotiations for the sale of the club to two potential buyers, reports Sport. Los Pericos’ biggest shareholders Daniel Sanchez Llibre and Ramon Condal have spent several months in talks with a United States investment fund and a Chinese conglomerate, with the final cost of the operation expected to exceed €100m.

Carlos Gurpegui signs 1-year extension with Athletic Bilbao - ESPN FC
Athletic Bilbao captain Carlos Gurpegui has signed a one-year contract extension, committing to the Primera Division side until June 2016. The 34-year-old, whose existing deal was set to to expire at the end of this season, has been with the Basque outfit since 2002 and has made 22 league appearances this term.

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