Barcelona have abandoned plans to play their league game against Girona in Miami on 26th January due to a “lack of consensus.”
The Spanish top flight faced scathing criticism after announcing its intentions to move a fixture between Catalan rivals Barcelona and Girona to Miami.
Barcelona were happy to go along with the idea after an agreement was struck to share the revenue earned from the fixture with the other teams in the league.
However, the fixture will now be played in Spain with the Spanish Football Association and players' union voicing their objection, as well as suggestions that FIFA would not sanction the game to be played outside the league’s homeland.
Failure to gain support has led to a withdrawing of Barcelona’s proposal with the club saying: "FC Barcelona were and remain willing to play a La Liga game in Miami, and accepted that income from the game would be shared among all Primera Division and Segunda Division clubs, following the same criteria of television rights money distribution."
Now, this isn’t over by any means with La Liga still keen to play a fixture in the United States and with particular interest in Miami where there is a large volume of Spanish speakers.
La Liga also have an agreement with their TV rights, with a station named Relevant, to play a fixture in the USA within the next 15 years. Amid the postponement of the plans, La Liga said: "We regret to disappoint our fans in the US and will work to, in the shortest possible time, stage an official La Liga game in the US. La Liga will continue the planned action so an official game can be played outside of Spain."
So, for now, the plans are on hold and there will be no La Liga football at the Hard Rock Stadium during this season. But that could be a very different story in the next few years as La Liga strive to push through their masterplan.
But is it a good idea? Should La Liga be pushing through this idea of playing Spanish football outside Spain? Here are the pros and cons.