By Tara Rippin • 17 March 2021 • 20:05
Photo of La Cartuja stadium in Sevilla.
Spain’s health minister sheds doubt on a crowd at the Copa del Rey final.
CAROLINA Darias has expressed concern about the possibility of fans attending the clash between Athletic Club and Real Sociedad in Sevilla on April 3.
She said at a press conference today, Wednesday, March 16, that it is not “appropriate, opportune or convenient to hold the Copa del Rey with an audience”.
And she has shared her concerns with the heads of health of Spain’s autonomous communities.
“The plan organised for Easter established that no mass events involving crowds would be held. This event, with more than 10,000 people it is understood, is not possible. We will work so that it does not occur,” said Darias.
The government has stressed that “it is necessary to continue avoiding crowds such as those that can occur in a match of this type despite the fact that the initial idea was not to occupy more than 20 to 25 per cent of the capacity of the La Cartuja stadium.
And Darias reiterated the importance of “containment” in order to “avoid a fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic”.
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