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Rubiales explains why the Spanish Super Cup abroad is good

KRASNODAR, RUSSIA - JUNE 13: Luis Manuel Rubiales speaks to the media after appointing Fernando Hierro as the new head coach of Spain during the Spain Press Conference ahead of the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 on June 13, 2018 in Krasnodar, Russia. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images)
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The head of the Spanish Football Federation believes there is a difference between a Super Cup outside Spain and an official La Liga game abroad.

Today it was announced that the next edition of the Spanish Super Cup will continue to receive modifications.

The one-match format has been changed to a Final Four format, where the top two teams in La Liga will play a mini-tournament against the finalist of the Copa del Rey.

The Final Four will also be played in a single city in a country outside Spain.

And La Liga president Javier Tebas was quick to say how this format is not right for the clubs, while Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales defended his decision for the new format.

Tebas was also criticizing the decision because Rubiales was the first one to go against La Liga’s idea of playing one official match outside Spain every year.

“[The main difference between playing league and Supercopa games abroad is that] we will not take away the basic principle of a team playing at home, as the Supercopa is a neutral competition,” Rubiales said to Marca.

“Moreover, the league timetables are courtesy of the federation, but they are managed by La Liga Santander.”

“Who is going to watch a youth football at 16:00 CET if Atletico Madrid, Barcelona or Athletic Club play at the same time?” he asked.

“Who is going to watch a fourth division game or a women’s game?”

“I do not have any problem with him, as I actually went to La Liga and spoke for a minute and a half, while he talked for three hours,” he added.

“I told him to take a picture of us, he didn’t want to and he was already criticizing me before he left the building.”

“The professional leagues can’t interfere in non-professional football and here that’s what is happening. The money must go to the sports council and be distributed there and not by Javier Tebas, who at times acts as the minister of sports,” Rubiales concluded.