Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) does not like Javier Tebas’ (president of Liga de Fútbol Profesional) suggestions for moving La Liga fixtures abroad.
The RFEF is organizing the Supercopa de Espana in Saudi Arabia, with Valencia, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.
However, the Spanish football governing body is against hosting La Liga fixtures abroad. RFEF president, Luis Rubiales gave a stern warning to his counterpart La Liga president, Javier Tebas.
To broaden its international appeal, La Liga wants to Villareal’s league meeting with Atletico Madrid in Miami. This follows the league’s attempt at organizing Barcelona’s game with Girona last season at the same venue.
Following last year’s script, RFEF has continued its opposition. And it is Rubiales who has given his damning verdict on the idea.
“Only the Supercopa can leave Spain,” Rubiales remarked while addressing the press.
“Domestic league matches can’t leave our borders.
“The players asked us that, if we [played the Supercopa outside of] Spain, it would be with a smooth time difference.
“Playing [with a time difference of] two hours isn’t the same as six hours.
“We’ve looked out for the health and the calendar. For economic viability.”
However, Rubiales has come under criticism for hosting Supercopa de Espana in Saudi Arabia. The Arab nation has a poor human rights record and this has no been overlooked by his compatriots.
“Our idea is that football is a tool for changes,” Rubiales said.
“There will be opinions for and against, some created, but we’re sure of our gamble.
“Mediapro have done various events in Saudi Arabia, but it seems like they didn’t care about [human] rights or values.
“It’s not logical to criticize something for something that others have done before.”
Additionally, the Supercopa de Espana has come under scrutiny for unequal monetary distribution. Valencia are unhappy with the rewards distribution and have voiced their concerns.
Los Che will will receive less than three million euros, while Real Madrid and Barcelona stand to earn around nine million euros.