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12 Feb, 2019 12:58

'R.I.P. Football': La Liga fans stage funeral protest against Monday Night Football schedule (VIDEO)

'R.I.P. Football': La Liga fans stage funeral protest against Monday Night Football schedule (VIDEO)

Fans of La Liga side Alaves mourned the switch of their fixture against Levante to a 9pm Monday kick-off as "the death of football" in protest against a trend of fixtures being moved to a late start to satisfy advertisers.

Supporters stayed outside of the club's Mendizorrotza Stadium for five minutes after the game started and held a 'mock funeral' once they arrived, implying that the late kick off time of 9pm on a weekday is too much to ask of fans and that fixture scheduling too often prioritizes the league's bigger side.

The scheduled start time of the match meant that it would be after 11pm local time before the majority of fans would leave the stadium.

Only around 200 fans were present inside the stadium for the kick-off before they filed in five minutes after kick-off. Many were dressed in black and they carried a large coffin into the stadium, chanting in opposition of La Liga Preseident Javier Tebas.

They then unveiled a sign referencing the 'death' of Spain's most popular sport.

"R.I.P. football," it read.