Marca is reporting the LFP has released its early La Liga schedule, and three games in the opening weekend alone are slated to kick off at 11:00. PM. At night.
Needless to say, this hasn’t gone down well with commenters on Marca’s site who are understandably upset, not least because neither Barcelona nor Real Madrid will be subject to these midnight madness matches nor any in the following two match days. The affected games are:
23:00 Mallorca – Espanyol
23:00 Levante – Atletico Madrid
23:00 Zaragoza – Valladolid
The times were presumably set in part to allow marquee time slots for the big two. There have always been late kick-offs in Spain, but asking fans to watch a game at 11:00 PM on a Monday is a bit much, even with the country’s employment problems at the moment.