By Marcus Leach

Financial problems in Spanish football's top two leagues could see the opening round of fixtures postponed due to the threat of a players' strike.

La Liga and Liga Adelante, Spain's top two leagues, were scheduled to begin the new season on the weekend of August 20th. However, players are threatening to go on strike.

The issue that could cause the strike is that players want a guaranteed wage fund where they would be paid even if their clubs become insolvent, and games over the first two weekends are in jeopardy.

"We are unanimous in our decision," said players' union president Luis Rubiales. "The league will not start until a new agreement has been signed.

"We are behind all of Europe in this matter.

"Players from the first and second divisions have made the decision to call a strike for the first two matchdays of the season.

"The players have met with us and decided that enough is enough."

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