NEWS
Tuesday December 11 2018
Barcelona withdraw support for La Liga match abroad

Barcelona have withdrawn their support to play a La Liga match in Miami following a board meeting, it has been confirmed.

The Catalan giants had previously voiced their support for playing their scheduled late January clash at Girona in Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium, home of the NFL's Miami Dolphins.

This came after La Liga controversially signed a 15-year agreement with entertainment company Relevent Sports to export matches from Spain to the US.

However, a series of governing bodies including the Spanish FA, UEFA and FIFA have said they cannot support the move, while Barca have now pulled their backing.

“The FC Barcelona Board of Directors have agreed to withdraw their willingness to play against Girona in Miami after seeing the lack of consensus surrounding the proposal,” a Barca club statement read.

“Barcelona were and are willing to go to Miami in order to play a La Liga game, and accepted that the profits would be shared amongst all clubs in the first and second divisions, in alignment with the TV rights deal, but considers that while all the parties involved cannot reach an agreement, this project cannot thrive.”

Football Italia website