La Liga players surprised at plans to stage matches in U.S

La Liga players surprised at plans to stage matches in U.S

The Spanish players' union (AFE) held a meeting on Wednesday with a host of top players, including Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos and Barcelona's Sergio Busquets.

After LaLiga's announcement that official league matches will be played in the United States, the head of the Spanish Footballers Association, David Aganzo, has appeared before the media. "We are willing to go to the end".

"La Liga is distancing the fans from the players, which damages the spectacle and the essence of football", it added.

"I would like to give Javier Tebas a dressing down so he can see football in a different way and realise that it is not just money and business", he continued. "We are exhausted of this and have much to say", Aganzo said.

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Aganzo stopped short of outlining the extreme measures the players and the governing Footballer's Association are willing to take in the event of U.S. fixtures.

Captains of La Liga's clubs met on Wednesday in Madrid and said they are against the unilateral decision to play outside Spain, something that could happen as early as this season as part of La Liga's new 15-year deal to promote football in North America and boost its image overseas. However, the idea of hosting a regular season match, and what it would mean for fans living in Spain who want to watch their team play, has clearly struck a nerve with Messi and company. While North American tours are often lauded as a branding experiment for European soccer clubs looking to expand their outreach, the move to play league matches in North America is completely unprecedented in European football.

No dates for a US game have been finalized as of yet. Games are played on Mondays. That match was also Madrid's first at home without Cristiano Ronaldo, which might have affected the attendance. Some matches in Spain kick-off so late that they start on one day and finish after midnight on the next.

The first few rounds have the early games beginning after 6 p.m. local time, and water breaks have been implemented to allow players to remain hydrated.

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