Barcelona have withdrawn their acceptance of a proposal to play their 26th January La Liga fixture against Girona in Miami, noting a 'lack of consensus' over the idea.
The club's euphemistic wording does little to mask the fact that the process of the match, from start to finish, has been an acrimonious fight between the RFEF and La Liga – with FIFA president Gianni Infantino wading in to 'totally oppose' the move earlier this season.
Barça were and still are willing to play in Miami, but consider that the project will not prosper until there is an agreement between all parties involvedhttps://t.co/PWVMEPU9zz— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 10, 2018
A club statement on Monday night read: "The FC Barcelona Board of Directors have agreed to withdraw their disposal to play their game against Girona FC in Miami, after noting a lack of consensus over this proposal.
"FC Barcelona were and remain willing to play a La Liga game in Miami, and accepted that income from the game would be shared amongst all Primera División and Segunda División clubs, following the same criteria of television rights money distribution, but consider that this project will not prosper until there is an agreement between all parties."
Infantino was outspoken in his opposition of the move in October, saying: "
RFEF president Luis Rubiales was even stronger in his assessment of the situation back in September, telling The Guardian's Sid Lowe:
"I haven’t seen the contract, so I can’t say much but I will say this: the FIFA president protects domestic competition and taking competition somewhere else represents an invasion of that country. He has totally ignored the players and even the clubs, signing a contract with a private country for 10 or 15 years. His behaviour was terrible, but very much like Javier Tebas: very much lacking in respect.”