Real Sociedad President Prefers To Play Copa Del Rey Final In Bilbao Or San Sebastián

Aitor Elizegi Jokin Aperribay

Jokin Aperribay and Aitor Elizegi (EC)

Athletic will meet Real Sociedad in the Copa del Rey final, but when that will happen is still a mystery. The match was originally scheduled to take place on 18 April until the Covid-19 pandemic brought football to a halt and for now there is no clarity as to when it will be rescheduled. At the moment the possibility of playing the final in August seems the most likely scenario but there are several challenges.

Apart from not being able to gauge the future given the current circumstances, playing a major football match in Seville in August would be difficult due to the intense heat. “Playing in Seville when it’s 45 degrees would be criminal,” said Athletic defender Ander Capa in a recent interview.

In addition, if fans aren’t allowed to attend the match then traveling all the way to La Cartuja seems unnecessary. Talk of moving the final to another venue has gained momentum from fans over the past few weeks and Real Sociedad president Jokin Aperribay has since weighed in with the same opinion.

“If I can choose, yes, of course,” Aperribay answered when asked if he would like to relocate the final during an interview with El Larguero. “Without a doubt I would love to play the final in Bilbao or San Sebastián, but we have to respect the contracts signed by the Federation. Everything will be discussed.”

The biggest goal for both the clubs and the Spanish Football Federation is playing the final with fans in attendance. “It would be a shame to play without an audience,” continued Aperribay. “We have to be respectful of the decisions make by UEFA and the Federation. Can we move 60,000 people to Sevilla? Hopefully everything runs smoothly.”

No one from Athletic have spoken to the media about possibly relocating the final but that will likely change now that Jokin Aperribay has opened that door. The historic Cup final will take place at some point, but many details must still be worked out and for the moment there are much more important matters at hand.

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