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LaLiga scraps Miami league game after Barcelona pull out

The planned official LaLiga game at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium next month has now been shelved after Barcelona’s board of directors backed out of the fixture.

Barcelona cited “a lack of consensus” among stakeholders over the proposed January 27 fixture against Girona, which had not yet been given approval by the Spanish football federation, Uefa or US Soccer with just weeks to go.

The club’s board of directors said Barcelona remained behind the idea of a game abroad, but the “project will not prosper until there is an agreement between all parties”.

In August, LaLiga announced that it would play at least one match per season overseas as part of a new 15-year partnership with Relevent Sports to promote the league in North America.

The move proved highly controversial and was met with widespread opposition. LaLiga and Relevent have now abandoned plans to stage a game on US soil in the 2018-19 season but are still looking to do so from September 2019 onwards.

“From the beginning we have said that participation in the game abroad is voluntary,” LaLiga said in a statement. “If FC Barcelona wishes not to attend, the game scheduled in Miami can’t be staged on the agreed date.

“LaLiga will continue the planned action so an official league game can be played outside of Spain.”

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