La Liga players are planning to stage a protest over plans to stage games in the USA. The Spanish Football Association(AFE) David Aganzo has made it clear players are not willing to play matches on the US soil and can go to any extent to in a bid to maintain their stance.
La Liga recently has inked a new 15 year deal with the Relevant group to promote the game in the USA. They are considering arranging a number of matches for the US spectators to create a market for the Spanish football.
But it seems they have to wait as Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos and Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets have voiced their concern over this plan to AFE president Aganzo in a meeting in Madrid on Wednesday.
On behalf of the players, Aganzo said, “The players are outraged, very surprised, and are all against it. It’s unanimous.
“The players don’t want to play overseas. Things have to be done in a more coherent way and with common sense. A decision of this magnitude, that affects players, referees and fans, was taken unilaterally and is a lack of respect.”
This agreement could be a breakthrough as it would help the Spanish top tier to have a large chunk of the lucrative US market.
Aganzo went on to add, “We are going to try to see that it doesn’t reach that extreme [of a strike]. But we are willing to go right to the last option if it is necessary.
“This agreement that La Liga has reached without consulting anyone shows a lack of respect.
“It’s not just the game as such, in terms of health and travel, it just makes no sense to have a game played in the United States and have one team have to give up a home game.”