Published: Fri, August 17, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Spain's Footballers Union complains about Liga USA plan

Spain's Footballers Union complains about Liga USA plan

The agreement states that at least one La Liga match will be played across the Atlantic, making it the first European league fixture to be played outside of the continent.

Meanwhile, the Spanish players' union, the AFE, declared "the most energetic protest" at the announcement.

"Our goal is to get one game off the ground; we'll see how it proliferates from there", Relevent CEO Danny Sillman told The Financial Times.

"This extraordinary joint venture is the next giant leap in growing soccer's popularity in North America", said Stephen Ross, chairman and owner of Relevent.

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The plan, which is part of a joint venture between La Liga and Relevent Sports - a United States sports and entertainment company backed by Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, has been designed in order to secure greater worldwide revenue streams.

Interestingly, given the reputation of the two clubs will have been vital to the deal being struck, the Clasico fixture between Barcelona and Real Madrid will not be staged outside of Spain, Tebas confirmed.

World football's governing body say they were not officially consulted by La Liga on their plans.

As per usual, LaLiga has dispensed with the opinions of the players and has undertaken actions that only benefit them, regardless of the health or risks to the players, and even less the feelings of the following masses of the clubs who are being "forced" to compete in North America once a season. This ground-breaking agreement is certain to give a major impulse to the popularity of the handsome game in the U.S. and Canada.

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The Premier League previously considered playing a "39th game" overseas but have been warned fans will fight back just as hard as last time if talks are held again.

A regular-season Spanish league game is coming to the United States, possibly as early as this year, but a "clasico" between Real Madrid and Barcelona is pretty much out of the question.

"This unique relationship will create new opportunities for millions of North American soccer fans to experience the most passionate, exciting, and highest level of soccer in the world".

Here's the statement issued by La Liga, as shared by The Spanish Football Podcast...

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