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Barcelona pull out of La Liga match

La Liga’s plans to stage a match in the U.S. next month have been derailed after Barcelona, who were scheduled to play Girona in Miami, withdrew their support for the game on Monday following a board meeting.

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PASADENA, CA – JULY 28: Sergi Roberto #20 of Barcelona (far right) lines up the defensive wall in front of the Barcelona goal during the first half of the International Champions Cup 2018 match against the Tottenham Hotspur at Rose Bowl on July 28, 2018 in Pasadena, California. Barcelona defeated Tottenham 5-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in regulation. Victor Decolongon/Getty Images/AFP

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The Spanish league signed a 15-year agreement with Entertainment Company Relevant Sports, designed to promote the sport and La Liga in North America back in August.

The deal included hosting one regular season Spanish league game on American soil per season – with Girona’s home match against Catalan neighbours Barcelona, earmarked to be played on Jan. 26 at the home of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins.

The proposal received opposition from the Spanish FA and soccer’s world and European governing bodies, UEFA and FIFA, and it now appears that Barca’s support is also wavering, whilst the various parties involved cannot reach agreement.

“The FC Barcelona Board of Directors have agreed to withdraw their willingness to play against Girona in Miami after seeing the lack of consensus surrounding the proposal,” read a club statement.

“Barcelona were and are willing to go to Miami in order to play a La Liga game, and accepted that the profits would be shared amongst all clubs in the first and second divisions, in alignment with the TV rights deal.

But the Catalan giants considers that while all the parties involved cannot reach an agreement, this project cannot thrive.”

A source close to the negotiations downplayed the setback, telling Reuters that holding the match next month was probably too aggressive a timeline and adding that it was likely to be played sometime next year.

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