Perez – Real Madrid will not play in the U.S
Real Madrid will not play any of their La Liga games in the United States even if it is demanded of them.
The decision was confirmed by the president of the club, Florentino Perez. He said:
“We will not go to the United States, I do not know who it interests, but it is not in the interests of the club and the fans… we refuse categorically’
The decision to play some La Liga games in the U.S was heavily criticised and continues to attract more criticisms. Real President is also not left out and is clearly no fan of the decision by the league’s football body.
He had previously aired his opinion on the Barcelona vs Girona game which was staged for the U.S, criticising the decision.
This statement from Perez was preceded by the players’ union president David Aganzo’s reaction to the announcement which was made in August.
He stated: “The captains [of the Liga teams] are surprised and angry that such an important decision was taken without being consulted. The players are unanimously against this, no one is in favour of it.”
Regardless, La Liga president Javier Tebas has reiterated his desire for some regular La Liga games to be played outside Spain. According to him, the move is an attempt to adopt the NFL’s successful policy of having some official being played in London since 2007.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid moved joint top in the La Liga with rivals Barcelona who have a game in hand after beating an in-form Espanyol 1 nil at the Bernabeu on Saturday courtesy of a goal from Marco Asensio.
Julen Lopetegui’s men returned to winning ways in the La Liga after being held to a 1 all draw at the San Memes last weekend.