NEWS
Thursday October 17 2019
La Liga plan to hold Villarreal v Atletico Madrid clash in Miami

La Liga have agreed with Villarreal and Atletico Madrid to hold the match between the two in December in Miami, say reports.

Diario AS have been able to confirm reports that initially began in El Confidencial that the agreement has been made at a board level - with the presidents of both clubs said to be among the closest to La Liga chief Javier Tebas.

The meeting between the two is set to take place on matchday 16 of the current campaign with Atleti scheduled to visit the Yellow Submarine on 8 December.

“I hope this time comes to fruition, we are starting to see if Villarreal-Atleti can be played in Miami,” Villarreal president Fernando Roig confirmed in El Transistor.

“Both Atleti and have agreed to play it in Miami, but for me I would like for this to have everyone's consensus.”

The argument used by the league and those in favour at the respective clubs is that the teams and the competition will be able to enhance their international branding with such a scheme.

Charter flights to Miami for fans is said to be one of the main elements being considered for the proposal, while Villarreal would be compensated by the loss of a home game by a bigger allocation for their away match at Atleti later in the campaign.

In theory, the game would be played at the Hard Rock Stadium, a ground that has hosted five Super Bowl finals.

La Liga unsuccessfully tried to stage Girona against Barcelona in the stadium last year, in a move which drew plenty of controversy.

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