La Liga Captains Angry Over Plans to Hold Matches in the United States

Sergio Ramos with Real Madrid in 2018
Sergio Ramos with Real Madrid in 2018. Photo by Bagu Blanco/REX/Shutterstock (9664242da)

La Liga captains led by Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos held a meeting on Wednesday to share their concerns over plans made by team executives to hold some matches in the US.

The 15 year deal with US media firm Relevant will see Spanish top side teams play some matches in the United States. But as expressed by Ramos and other La Liga captains, players were not consulted when the deal was made.

In a meeting held in Madrid with Spanish football players’ union AFE, team leaders representing Real Madrid, Barcelona, Espanyol, Villarreal and Atletico Madrid called for a plan to fix the issue with the bosses urgently.

“We need to fix it with the bosses. The captains are outraged, they’re against it,” AFE president, David Aganzo said. “We are talking about an agreement that has a validity of 15 years without consulting the players,” he added.

Although it’s not yet clear when teams are expected to start holding matches in the US, the deal with Relevant Media was scheduled to become active starting this season.

Following the AFE meeting, La Liga released a statement saying they plan to hold a meeting with team captains to discuss the issue.