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La Liga clubs to be fined if stands are below a certain capacity

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While La Liga might be home to some - if not, most - of the world’s top players, you’ll often see empty seats at many of the grounds during matches - especially those not involving either Barcelona or Real Madrid.

Even Spain’s top two struggle to sell out every week.

Barcelona have a capacity of 99,000 at the Camp Nou but average just under 80,000, while Real Madrid’s average attendance at the 81,000-seater Bernabeu is around 68,000.

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It’s even worse at the so-called smaller clubs.

Sometimes you can switch on the TV and watch a Getafe home match and wonder if anybody in Madrid actually supports the Azulones.

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Getafe were one of the three clubs relegated to the Segunda last season, alongside Levante and Rayo Vallecano, so they won’t need to worry about a bizarre new rule that has just been confirmed for the Spain’s top division.

La Liga's bizarre new rule change

According to the Mirror’s Spanish football reporter Ed Malyon, La Liga clubs will be fined if their stands visible on TV are less than 75 per cent full.

Moreover, according to Yahoo’s La Liga writer Andrew Gaffney, that fine will be doubled if the stands are less than 50 per cent full.

Fans react

Here’s how La Liga fans have reacted to the news on Twitter…

Will it actually work?

This news will surely encourage those smaller teams in Spain to reduce their ticket prices this season.

One of the reasons the Premier League holds such appeal globally is the fact the stadiums are full every week - and not just at Old Trafford, Anfield, the Emirates Stadium and the like.

Manchester United v West Ham United - Premier League

Full stadiums create better atmospheres and this, in turn, can directly influence the quality of the spectacle.

Players are more likely to work that little bit harder when their fans are willing them on from the stands.

FC Barcelona v Getafe CF - La Liga

Football is not cinema, after all. It’s a spectator sport in which the paying supporters can play a role in the outcome of a match.

Will this new rule change help increase attendances at La Liga grounds? Have your say by leaving a comment below.

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