Plans to stage a La Liga match in the United States of America are now in doubt following a meeting between the Spanish FA and FIFA.
The Spanish Football Federation president, Luis Rubiales, FIFA’s Gianni Infantino and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez all met to discuss the decision by La Liga to play one game a season in the US.
Barcelona’s fixture with Girona was expected to be the fixture chosen by La Liga, with both Catalan club’s verbally agreeing to the deal, which would further enhance their on and off field – presence.
Marca report that the fixture is now unlikely to played in Miami as reported, with all three attendees voicing concerns, which are to have featured talks regarding the country’s political standoff with Catalonia.
La Liga signed a 15-year deal to promote football in North America back in August, which caused hostility between players, coaches and clubs in Spain.
Captains of all 20 clubs including Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Sergi Roberto and Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) – all vowed to fight the move of a fixture being played outside Spain and strike action was threatened, according to reports.
Girona are one of the few La Liga clubs who have agreed to play in the US, but that is down to their expansion and growing links with Premier League club Manchester City.
The game is scheduled to be played on January 26 next year with a proposed 8.45pm CEST kickoff (7.45pm UK time) at the Miami Hard Rock Stadium.