Athletic de Bilbao, Real Sociedad wanting to play the Cup final with spectators
Spanish soccer clubs Athletic de Bilbao and Real society wants his postponed Copa del Rey end to be rescheduled for when the coronavirus It is no longer a threat, so it can be played with onlookers, they said in a joint statement Monday.
The first final between the two prestigious Basque clubs would take place on April 18 in Seville until all organized football was postponed indefinitely in March when the COVID-19 swept Spain.
Las partes interesadas confían en que la temporada de la liga española pueda reanudarse a mediados de junio en estadios cerrados sin espectadores, and no se espera que los fanáticos puedan regresar a los terrenos hasta 2021.
But the Copa finalists do not wish the showpiece match to take place in an empty stadium and are willing to wait as long as it takes to ensure their fans can enjoy the final.
The presidents of Copa del Rey finalists Athletic Club and Real society , after meeting with the president of the Spanish soccer association, have agreed to request that the final is played with supporters at a later date to be agreed by the three parties," the clubs said.
Both clubs have always wanted our fans to be able to attend the game, what we want more than anything is to have a Cup final with our fans in the stands.
The statement added that the two clubs had asked the federation's executive committee at its next meeting on May 8 to guarantee that the final would be declared an official competition and would be played with fans present.
Over 25,000 people have died from the novel coronavirus in Spain although the daily infection rate and death toll has dropped significantly as a result of one of the strictest lockdowns in Europe.
On Monday, professional athletes were able to train individually for the first time since the crisis began, although soccer clubs are not expected to return to training camps until their players have tested negative for the virus.