FIFA president Gianni Infantino has expressed concern about La Liga’s proposal to stage a fixture between Girona and Barcelona in the United States.
The two clubs have each approved a request submitted to the Spanish Football Federation for the match to be played at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on January 26. It was originally scheduled as a home game for Girona, at their Estadi Montilivi.
The idea has proven controversial. Girona would be surrendering the advantages of playing at their own home ground, which in theory could benefit Barcelona.
Infantino said on Tuesday: “I think I would prefer to see a great MLS game in the US rather than La Liga being in the US. In football, the general principle is that you play a ‘home’ match at ‘home’, and not in a foreign country.”
La Liga president Javier Tebas responded on Twitter. He wrote: “I will remind the president of FIFA that in the MLS, three teams of Canada participate, and Toronto is the current champion, and also in Canada there is another professional league.”
Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver all compete in the MLS but play home fixtures in their own cities, in Canada.
Infantino also confirmed the plan will need approval from the Spanish and US Football Federations, as well as UEFA and CONCACAF, the governing bodies in charge of European and North American football respectively.
He added: “FIFA should also express a view on the matter, not least since it would have implications for football at a global level as well.”
La Liga is discussing playing one game per season in the US as part of a 15-year agreement with the media company Relevent.
Girona supporters have been offered a “compensation package”, which is believed to include free flights to the US, as well as 5,000 tickets for the reverse fixture at the Camp Nou later this month.
The offer to play the game abroad has been accepted by Girona, who have described it as “a great opportunity to expand and grow, not only for the club but also for our city and our territory”.
Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said on Friday: “Everything is still far away. It has been discussed with the players and there is an intention (for the match to be moved).”
Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui believes moving the game would undermine the equality of the league.
“I’m not in favour of it,” Lopetegui said on Friday. “I think we should all play in the same conditions, on the same pitches – that’s what makes the league equal.”
La Liga has said the match is part of a long-term project, “targeted at promoting football in the United States and Canada”.
“Win, Lose Or Draw, Deontay Wilder Is Our Brother” — Floyd Mayweather
American Boxing promoter, Floyd Mayweather has asked the whole of America and fans to rally behind Deontay Wilder after he suffered a great defeat to British boxer, Tyson Fury.
Deontay Wilder couldn’t live up to his expectation of knocking out Tyson in the first round as he said prior to the match.
He took a horrible beating from the Gypsy King which had his face disfigured with lots of blood oozing from the nose, ears and the face. His corner threw in the towel in the 7th round which signified accepting defeat.
Floyd Mayweather has taken to social media to show his love and support to his countryman and fellow boxer even after suffering a great defeat.
He, together with rapper, Snoop Dogg, appreciated him for his great showmanship. He shared a picture of the Bronze Bomber and said:
“Win,lose or draw… Deontay @bronzebomber is our brother that has accomplished many triumphs and as a community, we should all uplift and support him throughout it all, No matter what, you’re still a winner in my eyes. King!”
VIDEO: The Moment Tyson Fury Licked The Blood Off Wilder’s Neck During Their Brutal Fight
Tyson Fury wins fight for the heavyweight champion with Deontay Wilder and he was seen licking his opponent’s blood.
Tyson Fury appeared to lick blood off of Deontay Wilder’s neck during their enthralling world heavyweight title fight on Saturday night in Las Vegas. Blood had been streaming out of Wilder’s ear from early in the fight.
It was the first loss ever for Wilder in 44 fights. It was the 11th defence of the title he won in 2015.
Watch the moment below:
Fury really licked the blood off Wilder’s neck 😩pic.twitter.com/J8Of2fJZcq
— Laila Ijeoma | Lailasnews.com (@LailaIjeoma) February 23, 2020
How Odion Ighalo Was Kicked Off Training By Man Utd Women’s Team Because They Didn’t Recognise Him
Nigerian footballer Odion Ighalo was reportedly booted off the training ground by the University of Manchester women’s team after they could not recognise the 30-year-old new club signing.
Ighalo joined Man United in a shocking deal that pulled the storm across the world on the deadline day of January transfer market.
In what appeared to be his second stint in the EPL, the Nigerian striker sealed a dream move to Old Trafford from the Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua.
But unfortunately, he could join the rest of his new teammates who travelled to Spain to enjoy their winter break due to heightened border restriction following the outbreak of Coronavirus.
The striker was left in England where he was training alone ahead of his debut against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
More facts have now emerged on how Ighalo was booted off by Man United University’s women team because he was not recognised.
According to UK Sun, the women players could not recognise the 30-year-old striker as their club’s new signing and ordered him to leave their training arena.
— The Sun Football ⚽ (@TheSunFootball) February 22, 2020
It took the intervention of the support staff, who explained Ighalo’s identity before the AFCON 2019 Golden Boot winner was allowed to take his routine.
The tension was doused down by Ighalo’s familiarity stunt which ended with the women team taking selfie picture with the former Nigerian international.
“Nobody knew who this guy was and there was a bit of back and forth between them. The girls were pretty feisty about him being on their pitch,” an eyewitness said.