Barcelona’s Bartomeu backs plan to play LaLiga video games overseas

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12 Feb 2019, 22:34 IST
Josep Maria Bartomeu
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu says a number of LaLiga matches every season needs to be performed outdoors of Spain.

Girona’s house recreation towards Barcelona final month was initially deliberate to be performed at Miami’s Onerous Rock Stadium as a part of a brand new deal between the league and media firm Relevent Sports activities.

However Barcelona withdrew from the proposal citing “an absence of consensus over this proposal”, with the Royal Spanish Soccer Federation and FIFA each having come out towards the plan.

Barca defender Gerard Pique additionally voiced his issues whereas the Affiliation of Spanish Footballers stated the physique was not consulted over the concept.

Bartomeu, although, has indicated Barcelona are open to taking part in future LaLiga matches overseas.

“If we wish LaLiga to be robust, we’re to play in these video games,” Bartomeu stated to BBC Sport.

“At Barca we have now typically been speaking to LaLiga and have been telling them that if you wish to promote LaLiga increasingly, then we must always have three video games of the 12 months outdoors – one in America, one within the Center East and one in Asia.

“We’ve to go and be nearer to the followers. We do the summer time excursions in July and August to go nearer to the followers. It is us displaying respect to them, going to Miami would have been respect to our followers within the USA.”

LaLiga’s chief communications officer Joris Evers confirmed plans to play league video games outdoors of Spain are persevering with regardless of the Miami plan failing.

“In fact, we strongly help any membership’s worldwide ambitions as we definitely share the imaginative and prescient of bringing La Liga motion nearer to followers in all places and making LaLiga a stronger worldwide model,” he advised BBC Sport.

“We proceed to work in the direction of taking part in a LaLiga match outdoors of Spain and wish to try this as quickly as attainable. We’re working with all stakeholders to make it occur. We see this as a logical subsequent step within the progress of our league and as a transparent profit to everybody concerned.”

 

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