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    LaLiga News: Barcelona and Real Madrid boycott ‘illegal’ La Liga summit

    Barcelona and Real Madrid have confirmed they will boycott next week’s La Liga summit in Dubai, which Los Blancos has called “illegal”.

    Spain’s top clubs have been invited to a meeting on 7 December to discuss a range of league-related topics.

    However, the two biggest clubs in La Liga, which have been embroiled in a drawn-out fight with league chief Javier Tebas, will not be present in the United Arab Emirates.

    In a statement released on Wednesday, Madrid questioned the venue and timing of the event.

    “We consider the gathering to be illegal given clubs being called to the meeting more than 5,000 kilometers from La Liga headquarters,” the statement said.

    “It is absolutely unjustified so improvised and urgent, without proper discussion and careful analysis, to make appropriate changes to the internal rules of La Liga.

    “It is completely inappropriate and completely inconsistent for La Liga to incur the economic costs of transporting more than 100 people for an event of this kind at this time of year in the United Arab Emirates, when the same could be held at La Liga headquarters without the associated with excessive costs.

    “Clubs are going through very difficult financial times, burdened by falling revenues in recent years, making excessive and unnecessary spending incomprehensible, especially in the current economic climate.

    “Real Madrid will not send representatives to Dubai for the reasons stated above and once again regrets the need to act against the irresponsible actions taken by the president of La Liga, which entail unjustified economic costs and seriously damage the image and reputation of the Spanish club. football.”

    A statement from Barcelona, ​​which was released at the same time, read: “An extremely important issue is on the agenda regarding the change in the rules of La Liga, which requires preliminary discussion and a more in-depth analysis with the participation of all in order to reach the best possible consensus on whether what such a wide-ranging reform deserves.

    “Barcelona’s position has always been to reach a consensus after a consistent study of the issue and respect for all positions.

    “For this reason, we do not believe that now is the right time to travel to Dubai for an event that could take place at the La Liga headquarters and once again demonstrate our opposition to any action that we consider to be detrimental to the rights and interests of the club.”

    Later on Wednesday, La Liga released a response saying the trip “can not be classified as illegal in any way” and explaining that the choice of location was made in order to help the clubs grow internationally.

    “With stops in Dubai and Doha, this is an opportunity to learn more about the region, as well as attend a World Cup game and an event taking place in Dubai next week that will be attended by a wide variety of people from the football world,” the statement added.

    “No club is required to travel to Dubai to attend the meeting as remote participation systems exist and they have been informed of this from the beginning.”

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