It's been a couple of weeks since La Liga announced the news that they will be playing one league game a season over in the USA, starting immediately. It's a move that's really raised eyebrows across the footballing world, with many getting worried that it could set a new precedent going forward. Over the years we've seen rumours of the Premier League playing a '39th game' over in the States, which caused huge uproar but now a major league has decided to take the plunge. In terms of popularity and demand, La Liga is far behind the English top flight so in making the move they're hoping that they can compete with it.
It's all well and good wanting to do this but the worrying aspect of it all is how it affects the fans going forward. We all know how expensive it is to follow our clubs so imagine having to fly to the other side of the planet to watch a league game - it just isn't feasible for the majority of each clubs fan bases.
And what's even more controversial is that the first game has now been announced - with Girona taking on Barcelona in Miami on January 27th. The implications from this selection have been huge and we're expecting plenty more fall out, with fans of Girona in particular disgusted that their biggest home game of the season is now in another country. This is one of 4 Catalonian derbies over the course of the La Liga season and the decision for this fixture to be played away from there looks more and more like one that's been orchestrated by the Spanish government - read more below..