Atlético Madrid has committed to handing out free match tickets to fans of the Spanish LaLiga football club who are preparing to embark on a round trip of more than 6,000 miles for the Spanish Supercopa tournament, which will take place in Saudi Arabia next week.
About 50 Atlético fans have committed to travelling to Jeddah for the four-team competition, which will also feature FC Barcelona, Real Madrid and Valencia at the 62,000-capacity King Abdullah Sports City stadium.
Atlético will take on Barcelona on January 9, a day after Real Madrid and Valencia clash in the other semi-final. If Atlético reaches the final on January 12, the club will once again give its travelling supporters free tickets for the contest.
A deal that is reportedly worth as much as €40m per year to the Spanish Football Federation was agreed in November to stage the annual event in Saudi Arabia in 2020, 2021 and 2022.
It is estimated that Spain-based fans will have to fork out more than €1,000 to attend the tournament.
Atlético’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium (pictured) hosted the 2018-19 UEFA Champions League final on June 1 last year.