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The game, Girona’s ‘home’ match, would be held at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium on 26 January at 19:45 GMT. Barcelona, Girona and La Liga have asked the Spanish Football Federation for permission for the two Catalan clubs to relocate a match to the US.

A compensation package for Girona season ticket holders has been agreed. RFEF, the US Soccer Federation, Uefa and Concacaf need to give permission for the game to go ahead.

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Luis Rubiales, the president of the RFEF, has previously spoken out against the US game. The Spanish players’ union (AFE) has also opposed the match and following a meeting with La Liga on Monday, it said the players would have the “final say”.

La Liga, Spain’s top flight, has agreed to play one game a season in the US as part of a 15-year deal with media company Relevant. Girona is in Catalonia, about 60 miles northeast of Barcelona. The club says the match represents a chance for expansion and growth, both for the club and the region.

La Liga is planning to subsidise travel and accommodation for fans affected by the relocated match.


Source: BBC News