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Spanish fans push back against Super Cup in Saudi Arabia

Only nine per cent of the 12,000 tickets available to Spanish fans for the Super Cup in Saudi Arabia have been distributed, Spanish newspaper El Mundo reports.

The winter break tournament’s three-year deal to be played in Saudi Arabia has been met with criticism from human rights groups and local Spanish fans.

Real Madrid and Valencia meet in the first semi-final in Jeddah tomorrow (Wednesday) before Barcelona take on Atletico Madrid 24 hours later for a place in the final.

El Mundo reported that Valencia fans have only purchased 26 tickets and Atletico supporters have bought only 50.

Organisers Sela Sports claim that the majority of tickets have been acquired by Saudi nationals and predict all three matches at the 62,000-capacity King Abdullah Sport City Stadium will be well attended.

Umbrella fan group Aficiones Unidas (Supporters United), said, Reuters reports: “A festival of football where the four best teams compete should not exclude their supporters.”

Saudi Arabia lifted a ban on women attending matches in 2018, though some restrictions still apply, and the country continues to have major issues with women’s rights and human rights.

Saudi Sports Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal added, according to Reuters: “My country is not like 10 years ago, we’ve changed many things.

“We have preserved our private culture but want to advance towards being a more modern country.”

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