Football-2020 Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia: La Liga Oppose Plan!
The Spanish Super Cup could be played in Saudi Arabia from 2020 after the president of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), Luis Rubiales, admitted on Wednesday the move is a “possibility”.
But Rubiales faces opposition to the move after the organisers of La Liga said it would not support the change.
According to a report in newspaper Marca on Tuesday, the RFEF is negotiating a six-year deal for the competition to be played in the Middle-East from January 2020.
“It’s a possibility,” Rubiales said during a media breakfast with journalists in Madrid.
The RFEF is reportedly hoping to earn around 30 million euros per year from the agreement.
“It is very difficult to reach that figure, very, very difficult,” Rubiales added. “We are going to try to get as close as possible.”
But La Liga released a statement on Wednesday making clear its opposition to the plans.
“The general assembly has decided not to support the changes,” the statement read. “These sorts of changes must be agreed with La Liga.”
The statement added that the idea would create “a significant change in the competition’s calendar”.
Rubiales also wants to alter the format of the Spanish Super Cup, which currently pits the reigning La Liga champions against the latest winners of the Copa del Rey.
His reforms would expand the tournament to a final four, involving both finalists of the Copa del Rey, as well as the top two teams in La Liga.
The new competition could be approved on Monday at a general assembly held by the RFEF. In 2018, the RFEF had already reduced the Super Cup to a one-legged tie and moved it to Tangier, Morocco. Barcelona beat Sevilla 2-1.
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