Tebas questions Rubiales’ Supercopa plans

LaLiga president Javier Tebas has criticised plans put forward by Luis Rubiales, his counterpart at the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), for a transformation of the Supercopa club competition.

The Spanish Supercopa is currently contested by the LaLiga champion and the winner of the Copa del Rey and last year saw Barcelona defeat Sevilla 2-1 in Tangier, Morocco.

Rubiales yesterday (Tuesday) revealed plans to transform the tournament into a ‘Final Four’-style competition between the top two teams in LaLiga and the finalists of that season’s Copa del Rey.

The competition would feature two semi-finals and a final, with Rubiales stating that the event would be held “away from Spain”. He added that the concept of three games being staged in a single city over a number of days would create a “football party”.

The revamp is scheduled to be put forward at an RFEF meeting in April but Rubiales’ plans have already been met with uncertainty from Tebas.

“It is a new occurrence, which is taken without knowing the effects it has and is generating false expectations,” Tebas said, according to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo.

Tebas added that Rubiales did not mention the revamp during meetings between LaLiga and the RFEF.

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