La Liga has formally requested permission from the Spanish FA for the Dec. 8 clash between Atletico Madrid and Villarreal to be played in Miami, Florida.
Both clubs are in agreement with the league and Villarreal released a statement on Thursday, stating they will compensate home fans if the location change to the Hard Rock stadium — home of NFL franchise the Miami Dolphins — is approved.
Luis Rubiales, president of the Spanish FA, hinted the organisation will again oppose a league game staged overseas, however, as they have before.
“We could go back in time and give the same comments we gave a year ago,” Rubiales said.cheap nfl jerseys china nike
“There is a FIFA executive committee stance that when a local competition game is played, it is at the stadium of the local team, whereas when it’s regarding a competition in a neutral venue, it can be played away from their stadium.
“We continue to be part of FIFA and UEFA and we continue to have that opinion.”
Plans to have a league game overseas are part of La Liga’s 15-year marketing agreement with Relevent Sports to promote the game in North America and expand its brand.
Last season, La Liga attempted to stage Girona’s home game against Barcelona in the United States, but even with the support of the two clubs, the plan was rejected by the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), who in turn had FIFA’s backing.
La Liga need the support of the RFEF, as well as Spain’s Sports Council, UEFA, CONCACAF and U.S. Soccer in order to move the game away from Villarreal’s La Ceramica stadium.
“We have to continue to take steps and I would like there to be a general consensus,” Roig said. “I would like for this to happen, but with everyone on board. It’s not good to go against the current.
“There is no impediment by Atletico Madrid, nor by us. [Atletico] are in agreement. We are working so that we reach a good conclusion.”
Sources have told ESPN FC that Atletico coach Diego Simeone is not happy with the situation, but that he understands the club will receive a useful financial boost from it after last summer’s investments on transfers.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale
According to Thursday’s statement, Villarreal fans will be compensated for missing out on a home game if the location change is confirmed.