The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) announced on Wednesday that it intends to suspend all competitions from May 16 in a dispute with the Spanish government over a new law introduced to regulate the sale of television rights. The RFEF said in a statement it will "suspend competitions of all categories starting from May 16 indefinitely". If there is no resolution to the dispute, the key May 17 title clash between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid would fall victim to the stoppage.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was locked in a last-ditch effort Wednesday to piece together a ruling coalition with a working majority ahead of a midnight deadline. With just a few hours left, talks with the far-right Jewish Home -- the only potential coalition partner yet to agree to join a Netanyahu government -- took on heightened urgency. If Netanyahu manages to sign the party, as expected, it would give him a razor-thin majority of 61 within the 120-seat Knesset, or parliament. If he fails, President Reuven Rivlin will ask another party leader to form a government -- most likely Isaac Herzog, head of the centre-left Zionist Union, which won 24 seats in the March election.