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Spanish federation rejects Barcelona, Girona request to play La Liga game in U.S. - source

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Spanish federation rejects Barcelona, Girona request to play La Liga game in U.S. - source

Spanish federation rejects Barcelona, Girona request to play La Liga game in U.S. - source
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By Rodrigo De Miguel

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's soccer federation has rejected La Liga's request to play Barcelona's game against Girona in Miami on Jan. 26, a federation source told Reuters on Friday.

"A letter was sent to La Liga this morning in which it denies the game request because it does not comply with the international rules", said a source from the federation.

According to world governing body FIFA's statutes, any domestic competition played outside the league's usual home must be approved by the home federation, the European governing body UEFA, the federation where the game is taking place, and the regional confederation - in this case the United States Soccer Federation and CONCACAF.

(Reporting by Rodrigo De Miguel in Madrid; Writing by Richard Martin in Barcelona; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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