Spanish TV broadcasters will boycott the Spanish Super Cup after it was announced that the tournament would be played in Saudi Arabia.
The decision to host the four-team event in Jeddah has been met with fierce criticism from in and outside of Spain over Saudi Arabia’s ‘violation of human rights’.
According to to El Espanol via La Vanguardia, Spain’s TV giants Atresmedia, Mediaset and RTVE have all declared that they will not be bidding for the retransmission rights to broadcast the semi-final and final.
Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Valencia will contest the revamped tournament between January 8 and January 12, with both semi-finals and the final taking place at the 62,000-capacity King Abdullah Sports City stadium in Jeddah.
Spanish newspaper ABC claimed the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) would earn between £29m-£34m a year from their three-year deal to host the games there.
When reports of the move broke in September, former Spain women’s international Veronica Boquete heavily criticised the decision, saying it represented ‘the victory of money and business above sport, above everything else’.
Now, the boycott from the country’s television stations will present more obstacles for the Spanish FA.
A draw on Monday revealed that Real Madrid would face Valencia in the first semi-final on January 8, with Barcelona taking on Atletico Madrid the following day. The winners of both games will meet in the final on January 12.