Thursday, October 21

Health advises against having an audience in the Copa del Rey finals



After more than a year of absence, the return of fans to the stadiums is closer than ever. This Wednesday Javier Tebas, President of LaLigaHe stated that he expected to have a percentage of the public in the stadiums within a month. “We are ready,” assured the president of the employer’s association at an informative breakfast. “We would have been months ago, but there are circumstances that we cannot control. We have been a year, we have learned, and We hope that in the third week of April we can begin to have a percentage in the stadiums».

“Following what the CSD has said, we all hope that after Easter we can already set a quick date. Everyone is very cautious about Easter, a key moment to see how things are going.

Hours later it was leaked that the two finals of the Copa del Rey, both to be held at the La Cartuja stadium, will also be open to the public. According to Cadena Ser, the final corresponding to the 2020 season between Athletic and Real Sociedad (April 3) would be the first game with an audience in Spain in more than a year. The Federation, together with the Junta de Andalucía, they would have approved a capacity of between 20 and 25 percent for this match.

The image would be repeated two weeks later in this year’s Cup final, which will face on April 17 to Athletic and Barcelona.

The Federation has summoned this Thursday the representatives of Athletic and Real Sociedad to a meeting in the Ciudad del Fútbol of Las Rozas to report on aspects related to the final. At that meeting, chaired by Luis RubialesRepresentatives of the Junta de Andalucía and the Superior Sports Council are also summoned. The fundamental point to be discussed will be whether or not to validate this initiative.

The Cup final on April 3 between Athletic and Real, delayed until now precisely to be able to have an audience in the stands, will be held in full perimeter closure of all the Autonomous Communities for Holy Week, so that the Basque fans of both teams would not be able to travel to Seville either. Tickets would go on sale only for fans of Andalusia.

It would also affect the curfew, currently imposed from 11:00 p.m., when the match is scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m. All the fans who came to the stadium would be in breach of it at the time of departure.

For the second final there would be no such problem, since the closure between communities is until April 9, a week before the duel between Barça and Athletic.

For now, at Basque government He did not like the idea at all. “It does not seem the best time to invite the public to attend a football match,” he summarized Bingen Zupiria, spokesman for said Government. “We are asking people not to crowd together and not meet at home with family units that do not usually live together and we are asking the population to take extra protection measures.” Zupiria took it for granted that fans will not be able to travel to Seville: “It is not necessary for me to remind all Basque citizens and all Real and Athletic fans that the Basque Country will be closed on those dates and that it will be forbidden to leave the Basque Country. The health circumstances do not allow any movement of this style and that forces us to be very careful when we are spectators of this match and later when we want to celebrate the result.

Also the Ministry of Health, after the inter-territorial meeting with the communities, has advised against the measure. Ultimately, the Government could impose its criteria on the Junta de Andalucía and prohibit the presence of the public in the final.

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