FIFA president averse to Spanish League games in U.S.

ZURICH—FIFA President Gianni Infantino is still not persuaded about playing Spanish league games in the United States.

Infantino says on Tuesday he would “prefer to see a great MLS game in the U.S. rather than La Liga being in the U.S.”

His statement repeated comments made last month in Washington DC after the Spanish league announced its 15-year, brand-building plan to play games in the U.S.

The league wants Lionel Messi’s Barcelona to play near-neighbour Girona at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on Jan. 26.

It needs approval from the Spanish and American federations, plus continental bodies UEFA and CONCACAF.

Though FIFA’s permission is not mandatory, Infantino says: “FIFA should also express a view on the matter, not least since it would have implications for football at global level as well.”