A U-turn by FC Barcelona has fully derailed LaLiga’s ambitious plan to host the Barco-Girona game in Miami.
For once, LaLiga has given a fair hint that the proposed LaLiga tie between Barcelona and Girona will not take place as per the schedule. This means the LaLiga’s US expansion plans following a 15-year agreement with Relevent will be put on the back burner now.
Following the FC Barcelona’s decision that “now is not the right time to play (in Miami), LaLiga has issued a Press statement saying that “we would like to commend FC Barcelona and Girona FC for their willingness to chart new ground by playing the first LaLiga match outside of Spain. The LaLiga partnership with Relevent is a 15-year agreement and the effort to grow LaLiga in North America goes on as we continue our efforts to play the match. From the beginning we have said that participation in the game abroad is voluntary and if FC Barcelona does not feel now is the right time to play, the game scheduled in Miami will not be played on the agreed date.
“We regret disappointing our fans in the US and will work to, in the shortest time possible, play an official LaLiga game in the US, just like the major American leagues (NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL) play games abroad.”
However, the Spanish First Division club football league has also driven home the message that this certainly is not the end of the road for its ambitious plan. “LaLiga will continue its court proceeding so an official league game can be played outside of Spain. LaLiga believes strongly that The Real Federación Española de Fútbol (Royal Spanish Football Federation, RFEF) is not acting in accordance with the law.”
The Spanish Government , the Spanish Football Association, FIFA, players union and various other stake holders had objected to the LaLiga plans of taking the league game out of Spain.