LaLiga takes legal action against RFEF over US game bid

LaLiga, the governing body of the top two divisions of Spanish club football, has launched a lawsuit against the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) over its refusal to approve a planned top-tier match between Barcelona and Girona in the United States.

The LaLiga clash between the Catalan clubs has been scheduled for Miami, Florida, on January 26, 2019, but LaLiga has faced opposition from a number of parties in its efforts to stage the match.

A Madrid commercial court said today (Thursday) that LaLiga has filed the lawsuit against the RFEF, accusing it of unfair competition. The court said it is expected to rule on the matter over the next fortnight.

LaLiga confirmed to the Associated Press news agency that it has brought the matter to court but did not provide further details. It said it is expecting a decision in the coming days.

LaLiga needs approval from the RFEF to stage the match, but the federation has yet to rule on the matter despite a request having been lodged months ago.

LaLiga last month vowed to go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport over the matter after the Fifa Council voiced its opposition to the plan.

Fifa president Gianni Infantino said, after a meeting in Rwanda, that the Council of world football’s governing body backed the principle that “official league matches must be played within the territory of the respective member association”.