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Spanish Super Cup will be one-legged tie despite Sevilla dispute

Spanish Super Cup will be one-legged tie despite Sevilla dispute

Madrid, July 11: Spain's football federation (RFEF) has announced the Spanish Supercup between Barcelona and Sevilla will be played on August 12 at a neutral ground as a one-off fixture, rather than the traditional two-leg home and away format.

The Spanish Supercup is regarded as the traditional curtain raiser for a new league campaign since the competition's creation in 1982.

However, the Spanish federation now has declared a statement suggesting that this term the affair will be of only one leg.

As per the Federation president Luis Rubiales, the decision was taken due to Sevilla's participation in the Europa League qualifying rounds before the Liga season kicks off on August 18 and it is as of now impossible to conduct a two-leg play within such a short duration.

The Federation president has also claimed that the Spanish federation is trying to arrange the game in a separate country, mostly in the Moroccan city of Tangier to compensate for the financial loss. However, it is still subject to approval from soccer's world governing body FIFA.

"It has been a unanimous decision made by the committee to play the Super Cup as a single game on August 12 on a neutral ground," RFEF president Luis Rubiales said in a news conference on Monday.

"The most likely venue will be Tangier . We considered other options such as Valencia and Madrid but the financial aspect wasn't there.

"The temperature in Tangier will be suitable as well as the financial aspect.

"One of the clubs wanted a financial compensation of €950,000 and playing in Tangier that figure will be more than met. But we have to wait for FIFA's approval."

The Spanish Super Cup final principally features the La Liga and Copa Del Ray winning team. However, last season Barcelona won both the trophies, therefore, the runners-up of the Copa Del Ray, Sevilla will now get the chance to fight against Barcelona for the glory.

However, following the announcement of changing the format of two leg encounter to one leg, the Spanish side have now hit out at the RFEF’s decision to change match to a one-off match and claimed that they are still against of one-leg fixture.

Although later recommended that they will not refuse to play if the decision stands on.

Another finalist Barcelona, however, have not commented on the subject yet. Barcelona have won the Super Cup more than any other club, lifting the trophy 12 times, twice more than Real Madrid. Whereas Sevilla have lifted the trophy just once in 2007 and finished as runners-up twice.

The duo has faced each other in this competition twice before where Barcelona won both, 4-3 and 5-0 on aggregate in 2010 and 2016.

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    Story first published: Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 14:51 [IST]
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