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MADRID - Spain's top football clubs are convention with players on Monday to try to avoid a strike over unpaid wages spreading to a second match day, an official said.

Players in the first and second divisions including the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo struck on the first match day and postponed the season start for the first time in 27 years.

The players' Association of Spanish Footballers (AFE) and the clubs Professional Football League open a new surrounding of talks in Madrid at midday (1000 GMT), an spokesman for the clubs said.

He said, a news discussion is planned afterwards.

The AFE is demanding a earnings guarantee and that players be allowed to break their contracts if they are not paid for three consecutive months, a proposal rejected by the league.

According to the AFE, 200 players in the top two divisions have not been completely paid by cash strapped clubs, some in bankruptcy protection, and are owed a total of about 50 million euros ($72 million).

  • It is not clear if the association will try to squeeze missed matches into an already filled schedule or just scrap them.