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Italian Super Cup will be played in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia will play host to next month’s Italian Super Cup despite calls to play the match elsewhere in the wake of  journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder.

Juventus and AC Milan will face off on January 16 at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah.

Amnesty International and the  Italian state TV’s journalists’ union have voiced opposition to playing the match in Saudi Arabia. Italian state broadcaster ROI will broadcast the match.

This cup has been contested broad before, most recently in Qatar in 2016. That day the same two clubs played and Milan won in a penalty shootout.

Serie A has a deal worth a reported €20m ($23m) to contest three of the next five Super Cup matches in Saudi Arabia.