La Liga top team, Sevilla have expressed disappointment over the decision of the Spanish FA to play next season’s Spanish Super Cup as a single match and in a foreign venue.
The Super Cup which is a curtain raiser for the La Liga season sees the winner of the La Liga title play against the winner of the Copa del Rey, but with Barcelona claiming both titles last season, they will play the runner-up of the Copa del Rey which is Sevilla.
The FA made a lot of changes ahead of the 2018-2019 campaign which includes playing the Super Cup as a one-legged match rather than the home and away games, a decision which Sevilla disagreed with.
The game will be played at Tangier, Morocco as a single match August 12 but Sevilla had sold tickets to its supporters with the intention that the game is slated for August 5 and 12.
Although they have agreed to play the game, the club in a statement on its website said, “Sevilla FC has been informed, through an email sent by the Secretary-General of the Real Federación de Fútbol (RFEF), Andreu Camps, that the RFEF has taken the unanimous decision that the final of the Supercopa de España 2018 will be a one-leg fixture this season played at a neutral venue, which could be Tangier, Morocco – though this is still to be confirmed.
“Sevilla FC would like to publicly express its absolute disagreement with the decision made, which has not taken the normal format of the competition to this date into account (that being a two-legged fixture); moreover, a decision that is exceptional, with the RFEF intending to continue organising the competition with two-legs in future seasons”
Sevilla then suggested the decision was friendly to Barcelona: “It seems clear that the RFEF has taken a specific decision for the present edition of the competition with the exclusive intention of solving the problems of FC Barcelona, disregarding the requests of Sevilla FC, which, since the RFEF’s occupation of the matter, has insisted on working with the 5th and 12th of August – as were set out in the approved La Liga Football Calendar – as the appropriate dates for the final”