The Spanish Soccer Association (RFEF) has issued a statement that it has agreed to grant the request of Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad to reschedule the Copa del Rey final match, that has been postponed due to COVID-19 outbreak. It is now due to be played when Corona virus remains no longer a threat and live spectators can come and watch the final match.
The Spanish Soccer Association (RFEF) has finally agreed to reschedule the final match of Copa del Rey to a day when the threat of Corona infection will no longer be there. Live spectators will be able to come and watch the match at the stadium. A request was made by Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad to the Soccer Association in this regard.
The first final match between these two prestigious Basque clubs was scheduled to be held on April 18th, this year. This match was to be held at Seville. But all organised soccer was indefinitely postponed in March 2020, due to Corona outbreak in Spain.
The stakeholders are confident that the Spanish league season can resume in mid June this year. It can be played in closed stadiums without any live spectators. The fans are not expected to return to the grounds until next year, 2021.
But this is not acceptable by Copa finalists. They think that this showpiece match can not be played in an empty stadium. They are willing to wait as long as it takes to ensure that their fans can watch and enjoy the final match.
The Presidents of Copa del Rey finalist clubs, the Athletic Bilbao Club and the Real Sociedad met with the President of Spanish Soccer Association. They agreed to request that the final match should be played with supporters, may be at a later date, that is to be agreed by all the three parties.
“Both clubs have always wanted our supporters to be able to attend the match, what we want more than anything is to have a Cup Final match with our supporters in the stands of the stadium.”
The RFEF said that it agreed wholeheartedly with the requests made by both the clubs. They want their fans to be able to attend the final match.
“This trophy is the most prestigious trophy and the tradition in Spanish football deserves a final match with live supporters.” Said its statement.
“That`s why the RFEF is grateful for the decision made by the two clubs and will take the necessary measures to ensure the final takes place as an official competition in the opportune moment in either 2020 or 2021 and before the 2020/21 final.”
More than 25,000 people have died from this novel corona virus outbreak in the country. But the daily infection rate and the death rate has dropped significantly because of the strict lockdowns imposed in the entire Europe.
Professional athletes were able to train on an individual basis on Monday. It was for the first time since this novel corona virus crisis began. The soccer clubs are not expected to return to the training grounds until all their players have been tested negative for the virus.