New La Liga season, same old story.
The Spanish league and the Spanish soccer federation are at odds again, this time before the season has even started.
This week's scheduled start of the top-flight competition had to be hastily changed as the result of a dispute between the two bodies over whether matches can be played on Fridays and Mondays.
The league was set to kick off on Friday night with a match between Granada and Athletic Bilbao, however, the federation forced the game to be moved to the weekend.
The game was rescheduled after the ruling of a judge in the federation's competitions committee late on Wednesday.
Monday's game between Alaves and Real Betis also was moved to the weekend.
Only seven of the 10 first-round La Liga matches will be played this week after three games involving Barcelona, Sevilla, Atletico Madrid and defending champion Real Madrid were postponed due to their late finish to last season.
The Spanish league said it would change the schedule for the two games this round "to avoid irreparable damages to the clubs affected by this nonsense by the federation."
But it added that it will continue to fight to play on Mondays and Fridays and would appeal to the nation's sports council to try to keep games as scheduled in week two.
The league said it was unfair for a judge linked to the federation to be making the ruling.
The federation and the league have long argued over whether matches can be played on Mondays and Fridays, with each side getting favourable rulings from different courts.
The federation made concessions at the end of last season because of the coronavirus pandemic, allowing the league to schedule matches on those days to guarantee that the season could finish in time.
The federation had warned, though, that it maintained its stance against playing on Mondays and Fridays.
The league felt that it could still play on those days this season as matches will continue to take place without fans and under strict health protocols.
The federation's stance against playing on Mondays and Friday is based in part on complaints by Spain's players' association.
The league, meanwhile, argues that those days are important for its broadcasters who pay for the league's television rights.