Spanish federation rejects request for league game in Miami

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) A person with knowledge of the decision says the Spanish soccer federation has rejected the league's request to play a regular-season match in the United States, putting the game in doubt.

The person tells The Associated Press that the federation has sent a letter to league officials stating its refusal to authorize the playing of a competitive match between Barcelona and Girona on Jan. 26 in Miami. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the person is not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

According to the person, the federation told the league it has failed to show that the overseas match would comply with Spanish and international regulations and TV broadcast contracts, and that it would not represent a harm to the other 18 league clubs and the fans of Girona and Barcelona.

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