La Liga President Javier Tebas has today ruled out the possibility of a match between Real Madrid and Barcelona taking place in America, just a day after a number of the league’s players attended a meeting to discuss their “concern” over the recent agreement which will see one league match being played in the States.
Last Friday, Tebas announced a 15-year agreement with Relevant, the organisers of the International Champions Cup, to help promote the Spanish league’s global appeal and increase interest in football in North America. The idea for a match between Real and Barca was pitched due to global interest for the two sides and the fact an ICC match between the two was staged in Miami last year.
Tebas has today confirmed that a match between the two would not be possible, telling El Mundo: “No. Logistically, a Clasico in New York is unfeasible. At least, a La Liga Clasico.”
Yesterday, Sergio Ramos and Sergio Busquets were amongst a number of top-flight players who attended a meeting with players’ union AFE President David Aganzo, stating that they were “unanimously” against the idea.
Aganzo confirmed that the players in attendance, including Sergi Roberto, Koke and Nacho Fernandez, did state that they would strike if the motion came to fruition, but added that the AFE would work to ensure that such extremes would not be reached.
The La Liga President did end his interview by defending the proposal, declaring that it will form an important part of the league’s increasingly strong economic results.
“Right now, there are only two teams that really grow, Madrid and Barca, and one that does so slowly, Atletico Madrid. We have to work so that foreign sponsors come to Valencia, Villarreal or recently promoted side Huesca. Why not?“