There is no end to and respite from the continuous oncoming hurdles which are preventing LaLiga to stage its home fixtures in the USA.
In yet another major blow to LaLiga’s US expansion plans, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has rejected the proposal for staging the Barcelona versus Girona tie that was slated by Spanish top-flight soccer body to be played on 26 January, at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium.
This comes after LaLiga, along with Barcelona and Girona, had applied for the permission to host the match in Miami, the USA.
LaLiga clubs Barcelona and Girona, along with the organisers of Spanish top-tier football, applied to seek permission from Spanish FA this month to stage the matchday 21 fixture between the two clubs.
According to reports, Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales has written to LaLiga chief Javier Tebas to state his opposition to a proposed match between the two clubs in Miami, further stating that there is a “zero per cent” chance of the game taking place.
Tebas, reportedly taking a defiant stance, has said that the fixture will still happen, however. “Obviously (the Spanish FA) aren’t excited about [a match in Miami],” he told reporters. “They are not saying no, they are just requesting more information. I have been talking about this for some time now, so I am optimistic.”
Last week, Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez, Fifa president Gianni Infantino and Spanish federation chief Luis Rubiales, who met in Madrid to discuss the initiative among other matters had rejected the idea of staging the league fixtures in the USA and Canada.
LaLiga, which hopes to stage one game per season in North America as part of a 15-year deal with Relevent Sports signed last month, also needs approval from the UEFA, CONCACAF, Spanish sports council, and the US Soccer Federation.
The plans, for now, still remain in limbo as various stakeholders associated with the development have opposed the move with a strong dissent.