La Liga players ask for US match to be scrapped

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With their decisions, La Liga are distancing the fans from the players, something that damages the show and the essence of football.

"Things can be done in a much more coherent way. I am speaking on behalf of the players", he added.

"We are going to try to see that it doesn't reach that extreme [of a strike]". We pay Saudi Arabian players. "We are willing to go to the end".

Last week officials from the Spanish Professional Football League (LFP) announced that, as part of a 15-year partnership with sports and entertainment group Relevant (who also operate the International Champions Cup), a league match would be played overseas in either Canada or the U.S.

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ESPN FC's La Liga correspondent Sid Lowe explains why he's less than happy about La Liga's decision to bring a game to North America.

"We have a few issues", Aganzo said.

Such a game could provide a financial benefit to the league and clubs, at the price of disruption to La Liga's balanced schedule, in which each club plays all the others twice per season, once at home and once away.

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"The AFE and the footballers don't understand the unilateral decisions taken by La Liga regarding plans for a league game to be played in the United States".

"The players are again being punished by the kick-off times of certain matches, which can damage their health because of the weather conditions or the lack of recovery time", it said. He said a meeting with La Liga president Javier Tebas is scheduled for next month.

Whilst Relevant have designs on promoting football across the pond, and La Liga clearly want to indulge their new partners, Messi and his colleagues aren't convinced and will visit the headquarters of the Spanish Footballers' Association (AFE) this Wednesday to oppose the move, according to AS.

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