Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos will be among the captains of the 20 Spanish top division clubs that will meet on Wednesday to discuss La Liga’s plans to stage a game in the United States.
The meeting will take place at the Spanish Footballers’ Association (AFE) headquarters in Madrid and after its conclusion, AFE president David Aganzo will give a news conference.
“A meeting between captains and players representing their top division clubs will take place in order to discuss several issues that worry all of them,” the AFE said in a statement. “The AFE and the footballers don’t understand the unilateral decisions taken by La Liga regarding plans for a league game to be played in the United States.
“The players, as they have notified to AFE, are surprised and upset over not being consulted in an agreement that directly affects them. With their decisions, La Liga are distancing the fans from the players, something that damages the show and the essence of football.
“The players again feel marginalised when it comes to making decisions while we feel that they are the main stars and that their opinions are crucial.”
The AFE already expressed its disapproval of La Liga’s decision to have one league game staged abroad, as part of the 15-year-agreement it signed this month with Relevent, the sports and entertainment company that operates the International Champions Cup.