Barcelona manager Xavi misses his flight for a pre-season tour of the United States

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Barcelona manager Xavi misses his flight for the club’s pre-season tour of the United States for ‘administrative and passport reasons’ – as the Catalan giants prepare to face Inter Miami and Real Madrid this week next

  • Barcelona manager Xavi missed his flight to Miami ahead of the pre-season tour
  • ‘Administrative and passport’ issues meant the Spaniard was not allowed to fly
  • After playing matches in Iran for Al-Sadd, he needs a special permit for the United States
  • The issue should be resolved in the coming days and in time for the Inter Miami clash

Barcelona coach Xavi Hernández will join the squad next week after visa issues caused him to miss the trip to Miami.

Xavi represented his former club Al Sadd several times in Iran and therefore needed special permission to enter the United States.

Barcelona say ‘administrative issues’ have kept their coach down. The mistake is an embarrassing oversight for a club used to pre-season tours to countries with very specific entry rules.

Barcelona boss Xavi didn’t travel with the team to America due to ‘administrative’ issues

The Catalan side are set to kick off their US tour on Wednesday against Inter Miami

The Catalan side are set to kick off their US tour on Wednesday against Inter Miami

Barcelona are due to face Inter Miami on Tuesday and the club hope their issues will be resolved by then.

It could have been worse for Barcelona – only the coach was denied entry because he traveled to Iran as a player and not as the coach of Al Sadd with the rest of his current coaching staff.

The rest of the first team flew out on Friday, but Xavi will likely arrive in the United States on Monday evening – as the situation cannot be resolved in the middle of a weekend.

This should give the Spaniard enough time to complete the final training session before his second pre-season game against David Beckham’s Miami.

The Spaniard spent four seasons playing for Qatari club Al-Sadd - which caused entry problems

The Spaniard spent four seasons playing for Qatari club Al-Sadd – which caused entry problems

After Miami, the Catalan team will travel to Las Vegas where they will face Real Madrid on American soil for the second time in history, following their 2017 meeting at Hard Rock Stadium.

They will then travel to Dallas to face Juventus before completing the tour against the New York Red Bulls on July 30.

Xavi will want to get down to business with the first team as soon as possible after announcing the signing of Leeds winger Raphinha – as well as getting closer to Bayern Munich talisman Robert Lewandowski.

Raphinha has been officially unveiled as a Barcelona player at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper

Raphinha has been officially unveiled as a Barcelona player at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper

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