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Saudi Arabia have withdrawn from hosting the Spanish Super Cup

Sat 12 December 2020 | 15:46

Although Saudi Arabia has signed a three-year deal worth a reported €120 million in 2019 to host matches in the Kingdom, they have withdrawn from this year’s hosting due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Last year, the

Spanish

Federation

decided to expand one match Super Cup format, which was supposed to be held between the league champions and Cup winners, to a mini-tournament between the league’s top two teams and cup finalists, as well as signing a three-year deal with the Saudi General Sport Authority (GSA) for holding the matches.

Real Madrid

were crowned champions of the first edition of the four-team competition held in

Jeddah

in January.

However, as reported by El Pais newspaper,

Saudi Arabia

would not host the cup until coronavirus restrictions are lifted and spectators can attend matches.

The GSA had agreed to extend the deal by a year to compensate for the loss in revenue.

The newspaper reported that the matches would be held in the Spanish region of

Andalusia

, cities of Seville, Malaga or Cordoba. The final will take place on January 17 in Seville's La Cartuja Stadium, with La Liga champions

Real Madrid

and runners-up

Barcelona

and Copa del Rey finalists

Real Sociedad

and

Athletic Bilbao

set to be participating in the mini-tournament.

 


source: SportMob

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