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Bartomeu says Barcelona are ‘big fans’ of playing La Liga games in the United States

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It’s a yes from the president

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Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu reckons the Spanish champions are “big fans” of plans to play La Liga matches in the United States.

The first game to be played in the US could well be Barcelona’s clash with Girona after both teams asked the RFEF for permission to play the game in Miami.

Bartomeu reckons it’s a great idea, as it will help promote Spanish football and increase revenues.

“We are big fans of the idea although it is not our decision,” he said.

“We believe this is the right move to promote La Liga and Spanish football, it will increase our exposure and we believe it is the future.

“If the initial games passes off without incident and is a success, which we believe it will be, then we are confident other clubs will also want to proceed with the idea.

“The political situation? As clubs, we want to distance ourselves from it, even though politics is intrinsically linked to football. We want a situation where we have increased revenue streams.”

Source | Football Espana

RFEF are yet to respond to the request to play the game in Miami, but they need to give permission for the game to go ahead.