Barcelona have announced that they have withdrawn their support to play a La Liga match in Miami following a board meeting.
“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.”
La Liga has expressed its ‘disappointment’ at Barcelona withdrawing their support for the match with their own press release which read:
“We regret disappointing our fans in the US and will work to, in the shortest time possible, play an official La Liga game in the U.S., just like the major American leagues (NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL) play games abroad,” read a statement from La Liga, as carried by Reuters.
“La Liga will continue its court proceeding so an official league game can be played outside of Spain. La Liga believes strongly that The Real Federacion Espanola de Futbol (Royal Spanish Football Federation, RFEF) is not acting in accordance with the law.”