FC Barcelona waive white flag, will not play in Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium in January

Hard Rock Stadium is pictured during an International Champions Cup match between Real Madrid of LaLiga and Manchester United of the Premier League in Miami Gardens on July 31, 2018. FC Barcelona hoped to play Girona FC at the stadium in January 2019. Photo courtesy Real Madrid.

The game had been hampered by the start from interests as wide-ranging as the Royal Spanish Football Federation, the Spanish players union and FIFA chief Gianni Infantino. Despite an effort to launch a petition drive, none of the opposing forces appeared to budge an inch.

There’s no word as to how La Liga and Relevent plan to proceed with LaLiga North America after the withdrawal of FC Barcelona’s support, but without Barcelona and Real Madrid’s persistent opposition to games outside of Spain, the marketing potential for the games would fall precipitously.

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