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Players' union reiterates disapproval of league match in US

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Updated 10:48 AM EDT Sep 24, 2018

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish players’ association remains against the league’s plan to play a regular-season match in the United States despite receiving more detailed information.

The association was not convinced with the league’s update and said Monday it will not be in favor of the Girona-Barcelona game planned for suburban Miami in January. It said the league still lacks the necessary approvals from other stakeholders, and that it can’t guarantee the union contract won’t be breached.

The association doesn’t have a final say on whether the game can actually happen, although players recently did not rule out a strike if their demands are not considered. They complained about not being consulted by the league before the idea was announced.

The association’s announcement comes three days after the Spanish soccer federation refused to give it is approval for the match, putting the plan in serious doubt. The federation requested more documentation from the league after saying it failed to show that the overseas match would comply with Spanish and international regulations and TV broadcast contracts, and that it would not harm the other 18 league clubs and the fans of Girona and Barcelona.

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Updated 10:48 AM EDT Sep 24, 2018

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