West Ham vs. Chelsea (English Premier League) – Scott Parker
In what turned out to be the only bright spot for West Ham fans as their team was given a sound throttling at the hands of Chelsea, Scott Parker hits this beauty for the top soccer goal of the weekend.
The strike affects the top four divisions of the league, the Primera, Segunda A, Segunda B and Tercera divisions. The AFE (Spanish Players Union) said that 85% of soccer players in Spain’s top three divisions either get paid late or not at all. It also says that the Spanish Football Federation still owes the union €8 million ($10.7 million).
In the US we are very used to hearing about strikes. Major League Baseball, the NBA and the NHL have all been effected fairly recently by strike shortened seasons. The difference though is that these strikes were related to potential future earnings, not money owed. While this strike pertains mostly to soccer players playing in the lower tiers of Spain’s professional soccer league, it is still quite disconcerting to see that owners of professional soccer clubs are unwilling or unable to pay players what was promised.
This topic is a great excuse to show a picture of toilet paper money
On the bright side, it is nice to see that the more financially secure and powerful players in “La Liga” are supporting the up and coming and/or less talented players in the lower divisions. Without the support of the Primera division players, this strike would surely be taken less seriously.
Sadly it also means that we may miss some games in one of the world’s top soccer leagues, let us hope that it is all resolved shortly.