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Copa Del Rey Finalists Agree To Play When Fans Can Watch

By Ibrahim Taiwo, The Nigerian Voice Sports
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Copa Del Rey finalists, Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad have had their request of playing their Copa del Rey final only when their fans can be around at the stadium to watch granted by the Spanish Football Association (RFEF).

The football body said it has granted the request of Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad to reschedule the postponed Copa del Rey final for when the coronavirus is no longer a threat, so that the match can be played with spectators.

The RFEF said it agreed "wholeheartedly" with the two clubs wishes for fans to attend the match.

"The trophy with the most prestige and tradition in Spanish football deserves a final with supporters,"

"That's why the RFEF is grateful for the decision made by the two clubs and will take the necessary measures to ensure the final takes place as an official competition in the opportune moment in either 2020 or 2021 and before the 2020/21 final."

The first final between the two Basque clubs was initially scheduled for April 18 in Seville until all organised football was indefinitely postponed in March as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak in Spain.

Although, stakeholders are optimistic the Spanish league season can resume in mid-June without spectators, with fans not expected to be able to return to grounds until 2021.

But the Copa finalists do not wish the showpiece match to take place in an empty stadium and are willing to wait as long as it takes to ensure their fans can enjoy the final.