By Tara Rippin • 18 March 2021 • 12:47
Football association confirms Spain’s cup final will be played without a crowd.
SPAIN’S health minister Carolina Darias yesterday cast doubt on fans attending the Copa del Rey final – which will see Athletic Club and Real Sociedad clash for the title in Sevilla on April 3 – claiming it is not “appropriate, opportune or convenient” to hold the cup final with an audience.
And the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has issued a statement confirming the Ministry of Health has ruled against allowing the public in the stands – neither from Sevilla itself or anywhere else.
“The Royal Spanish Football Federation has always worked within the strictest framework of compliance with the decisions of the health authorities, always being sensitive to their recommendations,” said RFEF.
It added that over the last few weeks, different meetings have taken place between the Andalucian Regional Government’s Ministry of Health and Families with the Royal Spanish Football Federation, during which the health care situation and current epidemiological data in Sevilla was analysed.
“The current epidemic situation and the established measures that entail the perimeter closure of mobility, both for the autonomous community of Andalucia and for the province of Sevilla, make it unfeasible for fans not residing in the province to attend this meeting.
“It should be remembered that the Royal Spanish Football Federation, in agreement with the finalist clubs, postponed the celebration of the SM El Rey 2019/2020 Cup Final with the aim of aspiring for the final to be held with the assistance of both fans.”
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