Copa Del Rey Final Postponed
With the growing threat of the Coronavirus forcing Spain to play at least the next two weeks of La Liga matches behind closed doors there’s been growing concern over what impact the outbreak could have on the Copa del Rey final. Athletic and Real Sociedad are scheduled to meet on 18 April in a historic Basque Derby final, though that will no longer be the case.
Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales has met with both clubs with all three parties in favor of postponing the final. The possibility of relocating the match or playing it behind closed doors has never been an option and on Wednesday the decision was made to reschedule the Cup final to a later date “to ensure that it is played with the fans in the stands.”
“We need our fans to breathe,” said Athletic president Aitor Elizegi. “That and your health is what we have to put first and of course the team as well. It’s important to collaborate with the situation that we are living in.”
At this point the new date has not been selected, although 30 May is the preferred option as it would come one week after the conclusion of the league season. All parties will meet again next week to choose the new date for the Cup final with the fixture still set to be held at Estadio La Cartuja in Seville. Athletic also announced that 21,767 tickets have been allocated to each club.
In regards to the league campaign, Athletic are still set to host Atlético Madrid this Sunday at an empty San Mamés. Clubs and fans have voiced their collective desire for matches to be postponed instead and that may inevitably happen. The RFEF and La Liga are scheduled to meet on Thursday at noon with some believing that the decision will be made to postpone all games.