The Competition Committee of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has rejected the request for postponement of the matches of Day 4 of LaLiga Santander. Villarreal CF-Alavés and Sevilla-FC Barcelona, set for 6:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 11, will not be able to be held later as requested by the clubs so that the players of the Latin American teams participating in the phase of 2022 World Cup classification. From LaLiga, which supported the teams’ request, they have expressed their “absolute dissatisfaction” with the RFEF resolution and have announced that they will challenge it by not considering it “in accordance with the law.”
The RFEF has relied on article 239 in the Registry of Sports Associations to justify its resolution. The regulations indicate that “the suspension and postponement” of a meeting on a date that may affect the order established in the calendar may not be authorized unless there is “a force majeure”. It also specifies that the absence of players who have been “called to intervene in their national teams” will not be sufficient reason to allow the delay of a match.
From LaLiga they also consider that the RFEF resolution “contradicts” the approach made by FIFA itself to oppose the precautionary measure requested by LaLiga before the Lausanne Court of Arbitration for Sports (TAS). They consider that it was “easier for LaLiga to postpone these matches than for FIFA to postpone the qualifying rounds of the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol).”
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