Barcelona president says La Liga ought to play three video games abroad

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their second aim with Jordi Alba REUTERS

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has instructed that La Liga, Spanish soccer’s prime flight, ought to host three video games per season abroad. The prospect of staging video games overseas has been contentious in Spain ever since La Liga signed a 15-year settlement with leisure firm Relevent Sports activities designed to advertise the game and La Liga in North America in August final 12 months.

That deal included internet hosting one common season Spanish league sport on American soil per season – with Girona’s residence match in opposition to Barca earmarked to be performed on Jan. 26 on the residence of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins. These plans have been met by opposition from the Spanish Soccer Federation, nevertheless, along with European and world governing our bodies UEFA and FIFA, with Barca finally pulling out of the dedication in December resulting from “a scarcity of consensus surrounding the proposal.”

Bartomeu believes La Liga ought to search to revive the proposal subsequent season although, and look additional afield as properly. “If we wish La Liga to be sturdy, we’re to play in these video games,” Bartomeu mentioned in an interview with the BBC.

“At Barca now we have generally been speaking to La Liga and have been telling them that if you wish to promote La Liga increasingly, then we should always have three video games of the 12 months outdoors (Spain): one in America, one within the Center East and one in Asia.

“We’ve to go and be nearer to the followers. We do the summer season excursions in July and August to go nearer to the followers. It’s us exhibiting respect to them, going to Miami would have been respect to our followers within the USA.” A La Liga spokesman instructed Reuters: “We strongly help any membership’s worldwide ambitions as we definitely share the imaginative and prescient of bringing La Liga motion nearer to followers all over the place and making La Liga a stronger worldwide model.

“We proceed to work in direction of enjoying a La Liga match outdoors of Spain and wish to do this as quickly as potential. We’re working with all stakeholders to make it occur.

“We see this as a logical subsequent step within the progress of our league and as a transparent profit to everybody concerned.” Barcelona didn’t reply instantly to a request for remark.

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