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China could stage Coppa Italia fixture within next three years

The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) has signed a wide-ranging memorandum with the Chinese government to promote the game between the two countries.

As part of the deal, the Italian Super Cup or a Coppa Italia fixture is likely to be staged in China within the next three years.

The Italian Super Cup — the traditional curtain-raiser which pits the Lega Serie A champions against the Coppa Italia winners — has already been played in China four times over the last 10 years.

The meeting with China Media Group head Shen Haixiong also focused on TV content and rights, collaboration over developing young Chinese players in Italy and instruction for using the video assistant referee.

The deal does not include the prospect of a Serie A game being played in China, however, as was mooted on Friday.

The organisers of the Super Cup were criticised for their decision to host this year’s Italian Super Cup match between Juventus and AC Milan in Saudi Arabia following the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the country’s consulate in Istanbul late last year.