LaLiga launches petition drive to salvage Miami match

LaLiga’s plan to stage January’s Catalan derby between Girona and Barcelona FC in Miami has run into seemingly insurmountable opposition from authorities in the game.

Now LaLiga has launched a petition drive to try to demonstrate support for the match in the hopes of gaining approval.

“The greatest soccer league in the world is looking to make history. LaLiga is planning on bringing a regular season match to America for the first time ever — but we need your help to make this event happen,” the petition reads.

Last week Gianni Infantino made clear Fifa’s opposition to the project, while LaLiga says it is prepared to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport if the world governing body prohibits the proposal.

The Miami match is intended to be the first on North American soil as part of a 15-year partnership with Relevent Sports ,which also manages the annual International Champions Cup.

“In an effort to showcase the public support to bring this match to the US, we are launching a petition campaign to encourage US soccer fans to make their voices heard,” Relevent said in a statement.

“The #BringUStheGame campaign will show the sports world that this match is good for the fans and good for the game in America, and that US Soccer risks alienating millions of fans if they choose to block this game.”