Barca’s Mestre support La Liga US move

Barcelona vice president Jordi Mestre (pictured left) is in favour of playing La Liga games in the United States but admits nothing has been agreed.

Various reports including in Catalan outlets L'Esportiu and Diario Sport say Barca’s match at Girona in late January will be the first league game to be played abroad.

“We support La Liga in their attempts to bring in more money for the clubs,” Mestre told an interview with El Mundo Deportivo.

“You only need to compare our league to the Premier League in England, they triple the profits we make and there are clubs at the bottom of their league who spend more than our elite clubs.

“The league needs to be strong and make bold moves like this because if we do not then the league will die, we need to make more money.

“The AFE (players union) concerns? They may have valid concerns but those exist for all matches including international breaks.”

The talk comes about following La Liga striking a 15-year deal with Relevent to stage La Liga fixtures in the United States, a move which has caused huge controversy.

Last month, the Spanish players union (AFE) confirmed that players would consider strike action in their opposition to such plans.

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