Spanish Players Union Slams Saudi Arabia Link-Up

Spanish Players Union Slams Saudi Arabia Link-Up
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Published January 23rd, 2018 - 17:24 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Spain's footballers' union (AFE) hit out on Monday at an agreement signed by the Spanish League that has seen a number of Saudi Arabian players arrive in Spain on loan.

"This new business model prioritises the economic aspect over the sporting one, sacrificing the essence of this sport and favouring business over the promotion and development of our footballers," said AFE in a statement.

On Sunday, six Spanish clubs simultaneously announced they had each signed a Saudi player on loan following an agreement between the Spanish League and Saudi federation.

The Saudis want their players to gain top level experience ahead of their first World Cup appearance in 12 years in Russia later this year."This agreement impedes the development of young footballers and represents an obstacle to the opportunities for the youth academy, which isn't always accorded this type of opportunity," added AFE.

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