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LaLiga threatens legal action after Fifa Council opposes USA match

LaLiga has vowed to go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in its ongoing fight to stage official league matches in the United States.

On Friday, the Fifa Council voiced its opposition to LaLiga’s plans for Barcelona to play Girona in Miami, Florida, on January 26, 2019.

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

La Liga replied: “Should we receive official notification from Fifa that they prohibit the match, we will take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport with urgency.”

Despite Infantino’s statement, football’s world governing body has not yet formally banned the proposal, while Fifa’s permission for the game to be staged there is not believed to be mandatory.

The Spanish FA has also voiced its opposition on the matter while Uefa, Concacaf and the US Soccer Federation are yet to make a ruling.

Despite the latest setback, LaLiga president Javier Tebas will continue to fight to get the game staged, having signed a 15-year marketing deal with Relevent Sports to grow the Spanish league in North America.