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Spanish court to decide fate of Spanish league game in USA

Club Atletico de Madrid v Villarreal CF - La Liga

Koke Resurreccion of Atletico de Madrid and Santi Cazorla of Villarreal CF during La Liga match between Atletico de Madrid and Villarreal CF at Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid, Spain. February 25, 2019. (Photo by PeterSabok/COOLMedia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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MADRID (AP) A Spanish court will decide whether the Spanish league will be allowed to play the Villarreal-Atletico Madrid game in the United States next month.

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A court hearing is scheduled for Thursday in Madrid to hear arguments from the league and the Spanish soccer federation, which is against taking the regular-season match abroad.

The league has called for an injunction to force the federation to give its approval. It accuses the local soccer body of unfair competition.

The league also needs the approval of UEFA and American soccer bodies to be able to play the match, which is scheduled for Dec. 6 in Miami.

The commercial court hearing the case is expected to issue a ruling within the next few days.


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