Spanish clubs vote against Copa del Rey and Spanish Super Cup reforms

Clubs in the top two divisions of Spanish football have voted to oppose the Spanish football federation’s (RFEF) plans to reform the Copa del Rey and Spanish Supercopa.

Earlier this year, RFEF president Luis Rubiales revealed plans to transform the Supercopa into a ‘Final Four’-style competition, comprising three matches featuring the top two teams in LaLiga and the two finalists of the Copa del Rey. Rubiales said the competition would be played “away from Spain”.

Additionally, the RFEF proposes dispensing with the two-legged format of the Copa del Rey, except for the semi-final of the competition, and pitting sides from lower divisions against LaLiga teams from the first round of the competition rather than the current round of 32.

“LaLiga’s general assembly has agreed at today’s meeting to not support the changes to the Copa del Rey and Supercopa which have been proposed by the RFEF,” said a statement from LaLiga, the organising body for the 42 clubs in the top two divisions in Spain.

“This is due to the fact that these types of changes should be agreed to by LaLiga as they affect clubs belonging to the league and they imply an important change to the professional competition calendar.”

LaLiga said 39 clubs agreed to oppose the changes while two supported them and one abstained. However, a spokesperson for the RFEF indicated to Reuters that opposition from the clubs would not decide whether the changes went ahead.

Yesterday, it was reported the RFEF was looking into the possibility of playing the Supercopa in Saudi Arabia, although this is not thought to be the principle bone of contention for clubs.