LaLiga plan for Miami regular-season match suffers new setback in Madrid court

LaLiga’s attempt to organize a league match in the United States caused another setback, as a court in Madrid rejected its appeal against an earlier ruling banning a Barcelona match from being held at the Girona stadium in Miami.

A Spanish court had ruled in March 2020 in favor of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), which opposes holding league matches abroad.

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The Spanish Football Federation statement said: “The following conclusions are drawn from the ruling that was notified this morning: the Spanish judiciary upholds the ban of league matches outside Spain, and again condemns the League to pay the costs of the judicial process and again the courts.” Judicial process with the Association.”

LaLiga, which is considering an appeal of this last sentence to the Spanish Supreme Court, said in a statement on Thursday: “The internationalization of Spanish football is a key issue for the future of this industry. Consequently, it will continue to work towards the crucial goal of holding a match outside of Spain.”

La Liga President Javier Tebas has faced resistance not only from the Spanish Federation but also from FIFA in his attempts to organize La Liga matches in the United States. Players and fans also opposed the organization of matches abroad.

Sources told ESPN that La Liga did not view this latest ruling as a final verdict on the issue of playing matches abroad, but focused on how such decisions are made by Spanish football’s governing bodies.

LaLiga signed a 15-year marketing agreement with Relevent Sports in August 2018 to promote the sport in North America and expand its brand.

The deal included hosting one regular season La Liga match on US soil each year – Girona’s home game against Catalan neighbors Barcelona in January 2019 at the Miami Dolphins Football Club was allotted.

While the Spanish Football Federation prevented La Liga from organizing matches abroad, it took the 2018 Spanish Super Cup to the Moroccan city of Tangiers.

Then the Russian Football Federation signed a €120 million deal for the Saudi city of Jeddah to host the Super Cup for a period of three years. He was transferred to Spain last season due to COVID-19.

The RFEF said earlier this year that it was open to discussing “the issue of playing matches abroad” with La Liga as part of making changes to the format to make the league more attractive.

Tebas said in May that La Liga would continue to try to move league matches to the United States.

ESPN’s Alex Kirkland contributed to this report.

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