Spain's league programme will go ahead as planned this weekend after a Madrid court upheld a challenge by six clubs against a proposed strike.

The country's professional league had called for a walk-out in protest over a rule that states one match per week must be shown for free on television, but clubs including Sevilla and Villarreal mounted a legal challenge against the proposal. This rule was imposed in 1997, and the league's only now contesting it.

The strike would have meant the Spanish season being extended by three weeks, allowing for all games to be rescheduled.

Sounds like a lot of infighting over not very much at all, except TV rights to a game a week. I thought with all that sleeping the Spaniards would be a bit more easy-going than this