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Executive Director Rules Out Overseas Bundesliga Matches

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Germany Football League managing director Christian Seifert.Frankfurt, Germany, Sep 4.- A Liga match is set to be played in the USA this season, but the German Football League are resisting such a move.

Germany Football League managing director Christian Seifert has ruled out Bundesliga matches being played abroad in the United States.

A Liga fixture could take place in the USA during the second half of the 2018-19 season after a 15-year promotional agreement was struck with Relevent Sports.

The Spanish Footballers' Association have reacted angrily against the announcement, however, threatening to strike if the match goes ahead. But despite the commercial attraction to hosting a game in an untapped market such as the US, German officials view the move as a 'lack of respect'.

'We will never play a league game outside of Germany,' DFL chief Seifert told Die Zeit . 'That's a limit we will not cross.

'An official league game, which is about points that decide promotion, relegation or participation in the international competition, abroad, is, in my view, a lack of respect for their fans, the players and in the end also Major League Soccer.

'You do not need help from overseas to promote football in this way.'

But Seifert does not feel the Bundesliga needs to sell its soul and has rejected suggestions they could follow the Liga model and have staggered kick-off times.

'You can rule out that there are as many kick-off times as there are games, as is the case in Spain,' he added.