Supercopa’s Saudi Arabia adventure given short shrift by fans in Spain

Supercopa’s Saudi Arabia adventure given short shrift by fans in Spain

The Spanish trophy’s derided trip to Jeddah sees Barcelona fans buying just 300 tickets and Valencia shifting as few as 27

The sports newspaper Mundo Deportivo last week offered advice for football fans travelling to Spain’s new, revamped Supercopa, which begins with Valencia v Real Madrid on Wednesday night and Barcelona v Atlético on Thursday before Sunday evening’s final between the winners. The fourth of an eight-point checklist informed them they might not be allowed to require ham or any pork product, “even if it’s vacuum packed”. a few of days later one Barcelona fan told the radio show El Larguero that he would be doing so anyway but not many will defy the principles – if only because not many will travel in the least .

Atlético Madrid have sold 50 tickets, consistent with one fans’ group. El Mundo calculated that Valencia have sold 27, Barcelona around 300 and Madrid almost 700, although most of these are to people that happened to be near the King Abdullah Sports City stadium in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia , where the competition is being held. When it involves supporters travelling specifically for the games, it said there have been fewer than 200, paying upwards of £2,000, and – consistent with AS – as few as 40 Madrid fans making the journey for the semi-final. Of the tickets the clubs had available they need sold but 10%, although most haven’t been sold in the least . they need been given away. agen sbobet terbaik

Barcelona v Atlético is sold out, with the Spanish football federation (RFEF) proudly announcing each day before kick-off that there are “only” 10,000 tickets left for Valencia v Madrid. “Excitement is thru the roof in Jeddah,” the RFEF communiqué claimed. In Spain, it’s a special matter.

It is not hard to guess what it had been that attracted the RFEF to the fabulously wealthy absolute monarchy of Saudi Arabia , signing a three-year deal worth €40m (£34m) a year, half which matches to the participating clubs, which decision has met criticism from many sides, that specialize in everything from format to human rights.

For a start Luis Rubiales is that the RFEF president who blocked La Liga’s attempts to require a game per season to the US, only to require three games to Saudi Arabia , even as he took last season’s one-off Super Cup to Morocco. He insists the Super Cup is different – which in terms of competition integrity, it’s – and claims the competition, traditionally played between the cup and league winners over two legs in August, was dying. The new final-four format, moved to January and opened to incorporate subsequent two highest finishers within the league, has largely if not unanimously been welcomed. But little else convinces.