Plans by Spain's top soccer division to hold a competitive match in the United States next month have been derailed, after Barcelona FC withdrew its support for the game on Monday following a board meeting.
Barcelona was to play fellow Catalan club Girona FC at Miami's Hard Rock stadium for the landmark fixture, with suggestions that free flights and accommodation would be on offer for Spanish fans willing to make the trip.
The Spanish league, known as La Liga, has signed a 15-year agreement with entertainment company Relevent Sports, which is also owned by NFL team the Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross.
The deal included hosting one regular season Spanish league game on American soil per year, with La Liga keen to get the first game arranged this season. Girona's "home match" against Barcelona had been earmarked to be played at the home of the NFL's Miami Dolphins on January 26th 2019.