The standoff between LaLiga and the Association of Spanish Footballers (AFE) over the proposed match between Girona and Barcelona in Miami has taken a new turn as the Spanish FA RFEF has weighed in on the matter.
According to AS, the Spanish FA has sent a letter to LaLiga chief Javier Tebas that UEFA, FIFA, the Spanish Government and the Players Union are all opposed to the staging of games abroad.
Tebas had signed a 15 year deal with US company Relevent to stage a LaLiga game in the USA at least once per season
Information on AS reads: “The Federation showed its arguments through a letter signed by Luis Rubiales and addressed to Javier Tebas.
“At the same time, the ETF sent a copy of this letter plus another letter to FIFA and informed it of the decision not to authorize the meeting.
The RFEF also cited political implications as Girona and Barcelona are based in Catalunya, a part of Spain seeking to become an independent state.
“The Federation wanted to know why Girona-Barcelona was chosen and not another. The decision has also been influenced by the fact that the Spanish government did not look favorably on the celebration of that clash in the United States due to its possible political implications, a position shared by FIFA President Gianni Infantino.
The Federation requests clarifying documentation on “the agreement signed by this last entity to dispute parties in the United States, of which fundamental aspects such as the assumed obligations are unknown and if the consent of the United States exists, of which fundamental aspects such as obligations are unknown. assumed and if the consent of the actors and clubs involved in the competition exists. ”
The RFEF also argued that the game will affect rights of subscribers and audiovisual rights as well as favouring or harming the rest teams.
This claimed is being backed Spanish radio station Cadena COPE who claimed that the letter was sent on Friday Tebas, FIFA and UEFA and also quoted a source that said: “the chances of Girona vs Barcelona being played in Miami are 0.0%”.