La Liga president doesn’t like the new Spanish Super Cup format

MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 30: Javier Tebas attends the presentation of Iker Casillas as Sportium Ambassador for FIFA World Cup 2018 on May 30, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 30: Javier Tebas attends the presentation of Iker Casillas as Sportium Ambassador for FIFA World Cup 2018 on May 30, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

Today it was announced that the Spanish Super Cup will be played in a “Final Four” format in a city outside Spain starting this year.

The changes to the Spanish Super Cup continue. Last season the winners of the Spanish La Liga and the Copa del Rey played one match in Morocco to decide who was the best team in the nation.

And now, Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales has announced that starting this year, there will be a mini-tournament, like a “Final Four” between the two top teams in La Liga and the finalist of the Copa del Rey.

And La Liga president Javier Tebas doesn’t like this.

“In short: it is a new occurrence, which has been taken without knowing the effects it will have and generating false expectations,” Tebas said to Spanish media outlet Marca.

“Rubiales has clearly abandoned non-professional football, which is the area that he really deals with.”

“Of course: hugs and subsidies to territories or trade unions with criteria if they are in the client list [because the territories and players do not elect the Spanish Football Federation president],” he slammed the FA’s president.

“As far as I know, up to today, neither the Association of Women’s Football Clubs, nor Pro Liga, nor the other sporting federations, elect the president of their league.”

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“I was expecting something else,” he noted.

“I expected that Rubiales was announcing a plan of action for professional football: how to reduce the debt with the social security and economic control in the [lower footballing] categories, [as well as] protecting youth academies and physical violence.”

“[Yet] the big announcement is clearly a professional competition that affects the competition of La Liga Santander [dates, calendars, participating clubs, etc],” he concluded.

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