MADRID (AFP) Spains footballers have called off a strike over unpaid wages that would have disrupted matches in the countrys top four leagues this weekend, after progress was made in talks to resolve the issue. It is a solid agreement that establishes the basis to continue moving forward in the future, in which everyone had to give ground, secretary of state for sport Jaime Lissavetzky told reporters late on Tuesday. The strike called by Spains football players union AFE last week for April 16-19 would have affected 10 matches in the top division, including between Spanish and European champions Barcelona and their cross-town rivals Espanyol and between Real Madrid and Valencia. The pay dispute affects mainly players in the lower tiers of Spanish football. Under the agreement reached between AFE and the Spanish Football Federation and Spains professional football league (LFP), non-professional players in the second division B side will be paid the 4.1 million euros (5.5 million dollars) in wages owed them since last season. The deal also calls for giving 1.0 percent of the money spent on bets on league matches to the Spanish Football Federation so that it can cover the costs of non-professional football. I am happy because an agreement has been reached that will allow 207 families to collect the four million euros that is owed them, said AFE president Luis Rubiales.