LaLiga admit defeat in taking Barça-Girona to Miami in January

Barça left them no choice after dropping out of the fixture

El Girona - Barça no se jugará en Miami
El Girona - Barça no se jugará en Miami | David Ramirez

After Barcelona pulled out of playing their league game against Girona in Miami next month, LaLiga had no choice but to admit defeat in their plans to take a game to the United States in January. 

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Barça are still open to the idea in the long-term but have withdrawn their will to play the game in Miami because not all the implicated institutions have agreed that the game should be moved out of Spain. 

Following Barça's announcement, LaLiga released the following statement: 

"We at LaLiga wish to congratulate FC Barcelona and Girona FC on their willingness to be pioneers following their voluntary disposition to contest a LaLiga fixture outside of Spain. LaLiga's 15-year partnership with Relevent remains intact. Right from the outset, we stated that participation in the game was voluntary, and the fact that FC Barcelona have expressed their voluntary wish not to play the match means that the fixture scheduled to take place in Miami will now not go ahead on the agreed date.

"We at LaLiga naturally regret any disappointment that this may cause amongst our US fan base. We wish to reassure them that LaLiga will stage a competitive fixture in the United States at the earliest possible opportunity. In doing so, LaLiga will mirror the major American leagues (the NBA, the NFL, the MLB and the NHL) in contesting games beyond national borders.

"LaLiga will continue to pursue legal action as it asserts its claim for a game to be played outside of Spain, although it lifts the precautionary measure in reference to the fixture to be played on 26 January. We will continue to pursue legal proceedings, given that the collated information and facts show the stance adopted by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) to be noncompliant with the law."

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