Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Crunch Talks Resume over Players' Strike

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Crunch Talks Resume over Players' Strike

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EMERGENCY talks aimed at averting the players' strike were due to take place today after the Premier League and Football League started legal proceedings to outlaw next weekend's boycott.

As reported in last night's Standard Sport, the Professional Footballers' Association now faces a court battle to prove the legality of the strike which follows a bitter row over the amount of television revenue the leagues should give to the union.

Injunction proceedings, issued in the Queen's Bench division of the High Court yesterday, were served on the PFA's lawyers today.

Letters informing club chairmen and chief executives of the court action were sent out last night and a hearing has been set for next Thursday.

PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor's initial demand is for [pound]36 million or five per cent of the leagues' [pound]600m-a-year TV deals - but he says he will settle for [pound]27m a year.

However, the leagues refuse to increase their offer from [pound]50m over three years although they are prepared to increase the length of that deal to 10 years. …

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