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La Liga mulls Barca and Real games abroad

Madrid, Spain | AFP | The likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona may soon play competitive La Liga games in China or the United States, Spanish league president Javier Tebas revealed on Friday.

Tebas suggested the staging of La Liga games abroad from next season would help Spanish soccer compete for foreign revenue with its English and German rivals.

“It would only be one or two games a season, like the NFL or NBA do,” said Tebas.

“If we want to compete with the Premier League or the Bundesliga we have to look for added value,” he said.

“We would look into it deeply before presenting the idea to the clubs, there are legal and social implications and you’d have to look at the hours too,” he said.

“But it’s not a bad idea.”

The 55-year-old Tebas has been in the news of late accusing Qatari-owned French side Paris Saint-Germain of “laughing” at UEFA’s the financial fair play (FFP) system.

The NFL has been staging games in London since 2007, calling those game the ‘International Series’. The NBA calls its version the Global Games, with two or three matches each season in places such as China, Brazil or France.

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