There are speculations that a prime La Liga fixture pairing two teams in the Catalonia region of Spain may be moved to Miami in USA.
According to the Girona-based pro-Catalan sports newspaper, L’Esportiu, the La Liga Matchday 21 fixture between Girona and FC Barcelona would be relocated to Miami.
It was originally scheduled to take place at the Montilivi stadium on 26 or 27 January, however, La Liga’s multi-million deal with the US-based company Relevent has changed the plans.
The report in the same source also insists that all the season ticket holders will be eventually reimbursed for missing out on such a crucial fixture.
It should be noted, however, that the matches between Girona and Barcelona are local derbies; moreover, the Catalan minnows would host their powerful neighbours for just the second time in the history of the Spanish top-tier.
There have already been rumours of the said game to be relocated in the United States as part of La Liga’s 15-year agreement with the Relevent company which would see several domestic league matches played outside of the country to promote the Spanish football worldwide. However, nothing has been confirmed yet. The league officials only released a special statement last week.
This full message read: ‘We are planning to have a game in the United States out of the 380 games that La Liga has each season. For this game, La Liga will take into account what is best for the clubs, the players, the fans and other stakeholders. We are working in order for those that are involved can enjoy this experience.’
Meanwhile, La Liga president Javier Tebas supported this innovation as it could help to promote the Spanish football worldwide and attract international investors.
The president also confirmed the Clasico between Madrid and Barcelona would not be moved to the USA. El Mundo quoted Tebas as saying: ‘No, logistically, the Clasico in New York is not viable.’