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La Liga protests after FIFA rules out playing league games abroad

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World football governing body, FIFA has moved to rule out La Liga’s plans to play matches in the United States by insisting league games ‘must be played’ inside their own country.

But according to Rob Harris of the Associated Press, the Spanish League is set to take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

La Liga President Javier Tebas signed a 15-year agreement with Relevent Sports to play league matches on U.S. soil, with a proposed fixture between Girona and Barcelona in Miami planned for January.

The FIFA Council met on Friday morning to discuss the plans by the Spanish league and which has been championed by Tebas.

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“I’m strongly opposed to this and I deny any permit to play the Girona against Barca game in Miami,” Fifa president, Gianni Infantino has confirmed.

“Official games of a league must be played inside the constituency country, the Council is very clear on this.”

Both Barca and Girona had voiced their support of the idea but the Spanish FA and AFE players union both have stated their formal opposition, along with Real Madrid.

But La Liga is not satisfied with FIFA’s decision as a statement by the League reads, “Should we receive official notification from FIFA that they prohibit the match, we will take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport with urgency.”

 

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