Spanish league trying again to take football game to Miami

AP – The Spanish league is trying again to take a regular season game to Miami despite abandoning plans last season after facing opposition from other football bodies.

The Spanish football federation has been asked to allow Villarreal’s home game against Atletico Madrid on December 6 to be moved to Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.

The league runs the top tier of Spanish football, known in Spain as La Liga. The Spanish football federation (RFEF) controls regulations and fixtures for professional and amateur games.

The league said it had consulted more widely than last season when the planned Barcelona-Girona game for January in Miami was abandoned.

The federation wouldn’t grant approval and Spain’s players’ association protested the plans because it had not been consulted.

“The players and coaches of both teams have been informed and have shown their enthusiasm for being able to play in front of fans in the United States (US),” the league said in a statement yesterday.

“The Association of Spanish Footballers has also been informed of the request.”

But the stumbling blocks could be further afield. The FIFA council recently opposed the idea last year, although its permission for the match was not mandatory.