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Real Madrid opposed to moving Villarreal-Atletico Madrid game to Miami

LaLiga is hoping to bring Atletico Madrid-Villarreal to Miami next month (Credit: Getty Images)

Real Madrid has written to Spain’s soccer federation (RFEF) to express the club’s opposition to LaLiga’s plans to play Villarreal’s upcoming home match with Atletico Madrid in Miami.

In the letter, which has also been sent to Uefa and Fifa, Real said initiatives to stage official LaLiga league matches abroad “affects the integrity and fairness of the competition”.

Despite opposition from the RFEF, LaLiga is pushing ahead to stage Villarreal-Atletico at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium on December 6, with both clubs in agreement. On November 14, a commercial court in Madrid will hear a case brought by LaLiga against RFEF over its opposition to playing regular season games abroad.

In August 2018, 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. But a proposed game between FC Barcelona and Girona at Hard Rock Stadium for January 2019 was shelved after Barcelona’s board of directors backed out of the fixture, citing “a lack of consensus” among stakeholders. The RFEF, Uefa, Concacaf, and the United States Soccer Federation, among others, had not approved the game.

This week, the RFEF signed a three-year deal to stage its revamped Supercopa club competition in Saudi Arabia, a move LaLiga president Javier Tebas believes will help his cause.