Premier League warned over La Liga's lead of playing games overseas

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'In reference to the agreement made between LaLiga and the company Relevent, which includes that an official league match will be played in the United States, the AFE strongly objects.

Meanwhile, the Spanish players' union, the AFE, declared "the most energetic protest" at the announcement.

The ICC which has run since 2013, featured 18 European clubs this summer which included the top-six from the Premier League as well as La Liga's "big three" of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.

The joint venture, La Liga North America, didn't announce the dates for the USA games or the teams that would feature in them, but Relevent executive chairman Charlie Stillitano told The Washington Post's Steve Goff participating teams in the US games must include La Liga's leading teams, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla and Valencia.

But La Liga president Javier Tebas dismissed the prospect of El Clasico, which pits Spain's biggest sides Barcelona and Real Madrid against each other, being played overseas.

Speaking about the unique deal, La Liga president Javier Tebas said: "We're devoted to growing the passion for soccer around the world".

Although specific details aren't finalised as of yet - with who would be involved and where - Relevent - a multinational media, sports and entertainment group - have revealed that they have an agreement with La Liga to promote and home Spanish football on American or Canadian soil. La Liga North America hopes to simultaneously break ground by playing competitive games overseas and follow the footsteps of giants, like the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball, which have played regular-season games in foreign countries for over a decade. It will be the first time a competitive league fixture in any of Europe's top flight leagues will be played outside the continent.

"This extraordinary joint venture is the next giant leap in growing soccer's popularity in North America", said Ross in a statement.

The Premier League has previously discussed plans to play a "39th game" outside England and Wales.

The venture will be called LaLiga North America, with reports suggesting the opening fixture Stateside could be as early as this season.



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