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Valencia ‘launches legal action’ against Spanish FA over Super Cup payments

Valencia takes on Real Madrid in the Spanish Supercopa semi final (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP via Getty Images)

LaLiga outfit Valencia is said to have filed a complaint for damages against the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), claiming unfair distribution of prize money from this year’s inaugural Super Cup tournament in January.

The competition, traditionally a season-opening clash between the league and cup winners from the previous season, was this year scaled up to a four-team mini-tournament held in Saudi Arabia during Spanish football’s winter break. 

Valencia was eliminated at the semi-final stage, which should have seen the club receive €2.5m ($2.8m) in prize money.

Valencia is arguing that not only has it seen just €800,000 of that six months after the fact, reports El Mundo newspaper in Spain, but also that its initial allocation was far behind that of Barcelona, which was knocked out at the same stage but received €6.8m for appearing in the tournament.

Tournament winner Real Madrid – which, alongside city rival Atlético Madrid, was invited to the Supercopa and did not qualify through the traditional methods – was awarded €12m.

Valencia is now reported to be looking to take the RFEF to court as it seeks the missing €1.7m.

Valencia was opposed to the expanded Supercopa from the outset, arguing that its status as the winner of the previous season’s Copa Del Rey should have seen the club qualify directly for the final without having to play a semi-final game, as the rules for qualification were change ‘mid-competition’.

The decision to host the Supercopa in Saudi Arabia was also point of contention, given the country’s human rights record and the ongoing piracy battle, with the Saudi government accused of promoting and supporting pirate broadcaster beoutQ.