La Liga’s hopes of holding a game in the United States look less likely after the FIFA Council said it was opposed to the idea.
The Spanish top flight wants Girona’s home game against Barcelona to be held in Miami on January 26.
But the move cannot go ahead without the approval of the Spanish FA, which has consistently objected to the proposal. FIFA and two other bodies also need to give their approval for the games to be played outside of Spain.
La Liga said it will go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport if FIFA does block the move. Football’s world governing body has not yet formally banned the proposal.
One of the men behind the plan said earlier this month it may not happen. American businessman Charlie Stillitano told reporters they would need the Spanish FA’s approval within two weeks to give them time to get FIFA, US Soccer and Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football, CONCACAF, to all sign the proposal off too. That was more than three weeks ago.
La Liga, Spain’s top division, agreed to play one game a season in the US as part of a 15-year deal with media company Relevant.
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