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Real Sociedad & Athletic Bilbao refuse to play Copa final without fans – COPE

There cannot be a game of football without fans, they’re an integral part of the football community and clearly both Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao deemed them a necessity as they have refused to play the Copa del Rey final without their supporters according to COPE

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In a joint statement by both clubs, it was stated that the final take place at a “future date” despite the fact that any sort of resumption of the competition was not yet approved by the RFEF.

The presidents of Athletic Club and Real Sociedad, finalist clubs in the Copa del Rey Championship for the 2019-2020 season, after meeting with the president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation, have agreed to request the RFEF that the Cup final could be held publicly and officially, open door at a future date to be determined in agreement between the three parties 


The presidents of both clubs reinstate their desires for the involvement of fans and are willing to wait for the right time to play “a Cup final with their fans”

“For this, we have requested the General Secretariat of the RFEF that the Delegate Commission of the General Assembly of the RFEF, whose next meeting will be held on Friday, May 8, 2020, take an agreement to modify the calendar that enables the final Cup to be celebrated as an official title with the support and warmth of the fans of both teams, “


It’s clear that both the Basque clubs aim to value one of the most prestigious competitions in world football and they maintain their fans will be a part of that event.

No fans, No football (guess there is some integrity left in the game after all)