Barcelona and Girona’s proposed La Liga game in Miami is not not yet dead, according to Relevent chairman Charlie Stillitano.
The proposed La Liga match has met vocal opposition within Spanish footballing circles, and while the feeling in Spain is that the game will not take place in Miami in January, Stillitano is not so sure.
Speaking on the BBC Five Live Football Daily podcast, Stillitano that both clubs have asked the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) for permission to play the game, Girona’s home match, at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium on 26 January.
The American says they need the RFEF to give their approval in the next two weeks if it is going to happen – because they then need permission from world governing body Fifa, their continental body Concacaf and US Soccer.
“I figured we got the hard part done. We got Barcelona and Girona to say yes, we got the players to say yes, we resolved all the issues within the players’ association and the clubs,” he said.
However, on Wednesday, the Association of Spanish Footballers president David Aganzo said:
“We have said it 200 million times, the players will not go to those games.” He also wants a meeting with La Liga next week.
“La Liga and its president Javier Tebas are clearly behind it. Now we’ve gone to the president of the federation – Luis Rubiales – for permission. We sent an official letter requesting it and he sent one back with questions we’re trying to answer right now.
“We were really confident, Tebas believes it’s 90% certain. I would say I’m a little more cautious because we have to go through the process. Things change very slowly in soccer. It’s not easy.
“I think we need to get this initial approval from the Royal Federation in the next couple of weeks. If their president gives us the OK, we go to Fifa, Concacaf and US Soccer. We’ve already gone to them in an informal way but we can’t do it until we get formal approval from the federation.
“We think it’s important we get this one out of the box this year and set the precedent because we think it will help soccer in America – and La Liga.”
Stillitano thinks other leagues could play their games in the US in the future but added it is “nothing to do with me”.
“The Premier League unquestionably is the biggest and best run league in the world and the most popular. There are a lot smarter people than me figuring this stuff out. [Juventus chairman] Andrea Agnelli has already come out and said he’d love to do it with Italy.
“We’ve had people from France call us. The German league has come out and said absolutely not. Some teams in Germany we deal with say that’s strange and that they weren’t asked. I’m sure everyone is looking at this as the first one.”
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