The Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) agreed a three-year deal worth a reported 120 million euros ($145 million) with the Saudi sports authority in 2019 to expand the competition and play the game in the Middle East.
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El Pais reported, however, that the Saudis did not wish to hold the tournament until coronavirus restrictions were lifted and spectators were able to attend matches, adding they had agreed to extend the deal with the federation by a year to compensate for the loss in revenue.
The Spanish soccer federation would not confirm the change but said an announcement would be made soon.
La Liga champions Real Madrid and runners-up Barcelona have qualified for the Super Cup alongside Copa del Rey finalists Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao, who have still not played last season’s showpiece game due to coronavirus restrictions.
The Super Cup used to be the season curtain raiser, a game held in August between the league champions and Cup winners until the federation voted to expand it in 2019.
The El Pais report said the final would take place on Jan. 17 in Seville’s La Cartuja stadium, while the semi-finals would be held on Jan. 13 and 14, either in Seville, Malaga or Cordoba.
Spectators are unlikely to be allowed in to attend matches due to ongoing restrictions in Spain.
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