Rubiales: Villarreal vs Atletico Madrid must be played in Spain

LaLiga The RFEF do not give their approval

Luis Rubiales, the president of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), has reaffirmed FIFA‘s stance which is to have domestic league matches played in their home countries, following the re-emergence of LaLiga‘s proposal to play a LaLiga Santander match in Miami.

This time, Villarreal and Atletico Madrid are the two proposed teams, rather than Girona and Barcelona, but Rubiales is confident that it will not take place, as is what happened last year.

“It’s very simple: we have to go back a year and listen to the same statements,” Rubiales said in regard to the potential Miami match.

“If you want, I’ll say them again.

“There is the position of the FIFA Executive Committee, which states that a match in a home competition [such as a domestic league] must be played at home.

“Another thing is a competition in which there are no headquarters and is neutral [said in relation to the Supercopa de Espana being played abroad].

“As we are still part of FIFA, nothing has changed.”

There has been a lot of talk about changing the date for the upcoming Clasico due to the protests in Catalonia, but Rubiales was tight-lipped.

“It doesn’t matter what I think as it is a competition request for LaLiga,” he noted.

“We’ve spoken to the two clubs and they have presented their cases.

“The [Spanish] government has not called us because it is a matter of football.

“We are part of society and we know what is going on. And that is why we listened to all parties.

“You have to be cautious and responsible. It would be irresponsible for me to say something.

“The [LaLiga] body should be as autonomous as possible.”

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