Last week, La Liga announced their plan to play some league games in the USA as early as this season, without consulting either the Spanish Association of Footballers (AFE) or the Spanish Football Federation. The organisation is set to link up with Relevant Sports, the company which organised the International Champions Cup, a competition which took place in America during preseason and featured many top European clubs.
This news has reportedly not gone down well with the AFE, with all 20 club captains of Primera Liga sides set to meet tomorrow to respond to the decision. According to Spanish news outlet AS, the group are expected to react to La Liga chief Javier Tebas' proposal negatively.
Another bone of contention which will be discussed at the meeting on Wednesday is the late kick off times being introduced into games. Over the weekend Real Madrid and Getafe kicked off at 10.15pm on Sunday which meant that the game finishing on Monday.
The decision to kick off so late had a detrimental effect on the attendance, with the Bernabeu recording its lowest attendance in ten years, with less than 50,000 fans turning out for the game.
Toni Kroos also vented his displeasure at the time of the kick-off, posting on his Twitter account that he would usually be asleep by the time the game was over:
I am happier then it seems, but usually I am asleep at this time. pic.twitter.com/MWy9W9URry
— Toni Kroos (@ToniKroos) August 19, 2018
Watch this space.