FIFA rule out playing La Liga games abroad

FIFA has moved to rule out La Liga’s plans to play matches in the United States by insisting league games ‘must be played’ inside their own country.

The FIFA Council met on Friday morning to discuss the plans by the Spanish league and which has been championed by its president Javier Tebas.

The league had wanted to play the 26 January fixture between Girona and Barcelona in Miami having signed a 15-year deal with entertainment company Relevent Sports.

“I'm strongly opposed to this and I deny any permit to play the Girona against Barca game in Miami,” Infantino has confirmed.

“Official games of a league must be played inside the constituency country, the Council is very clear on this.”

Both Catalan clubs had voiced their support of the idea but the Spanish FA and AFE players union both have stated their formal opposition, along with Real Madrid.