Spanish season delayed after strike goes ahead

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MADRID (AP) -- The start of the Spanish league season will be delayed by a strike after Spanish league officials and player representatives failed on a last-minute deal.

The Association of Spanish Football Players says the strike will go ahead after talks failed Friday for improved salary guarantees in a new collective bargaining agreement.

Spanish players representing all 42 teams in the top two divisions backed the first work stoppage in 27 years. The season was scheduled to start this weekend.

The Spanish league-- home to top players Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo-- may start in September after the AFE pledged to boycott the first two rounds because of labor conflict.