La Liga Have Decided Which Game They Want To Be Played In America This Season
It seems as though La Liga are still pressing forward with their plans to play select fixtures over in America, with there already being word on the game they want to play across the pond.
Just over a week ago, the Spanish top flight and Relevent (a multinational media, sports and entertainment group) announced a 'ground-breaking' 15-year deal to promote soccer in the U.S and Canada.
As per the official statement released by La Liga: "La Liga plans to bring a regular season club match to the United States, the first to be played outside of Europe."
#LaLiga and RELEVENT partner to promote soccer in the US and Canada. :flag_us::flag_ca:- LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) August 16, 2018
On La Liga games in USA/Canada.- John Bennett (@JohnBennettBBC) August 16, 2018
How will organisers appease fans who lose a home game?
Daniel Sillman, CEO of Relvent Sports told BBC:
"We'll bring some super fans over to America for a unique experience & we'll do other things like viewing parties."
Not for me, Clive.
And Cadena Ser say that the game La Liga chiefs are proposing to be played this season is a Catalan derby between Barcelona and Girona.
The fixture falls on Matchday 21 and is slated to take place on Girona's home turf on January 27 2019. Moreover, the game is also sandwiched between the two-legged Copa Del Rey quarter finals ties - which could potentially prove extremely problematic if the two teams get that far.
Javier Tebas, who is president of the Spanish top tier, is said to have notified Girona and is awaiting a response from Manchester City's partner club.
As things look now, Girona - FC Barcelona (27th January) will be the first La Liga game that will be played outside of Spain and in the United States. La Liga president Javer Tebas has already send a request to Girona to play the match in the USA. [Cadena ser]- Barca Universal (@BarcaUniversal) August 25, 2018
Though Barcelona-Espanyol is the main fixture in Catalonia, playing this game in the states feels wrong. And clearly, plenty of the players themselves are opposed to it.
A few days back, all 20 of the La Liga captains held a meeting following the news and David Aganzo, president of the Spanish Footballers Association, revealed their concerns.
"They are surprised and outraged to see that such important decisions have been made," he is quoted as saying via AS.
"The players are against it, not one of them is in favour of it. It was unanimous. Some clubs are in favour and others against. I am speaking on behalf of the players."
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