Barcelona's Camp Nou, a controversial choice to host Copa del Rey final


After weeks of endless negotiations in order to reach a mutual agreement, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) have finally decided that the Camp Nou will host the Copa del Rey final on May 30. In other words, Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao will challenge for the title in the Catalans' home stadium.

Despite both clubs identifying the Santiago Bernabeu as the ideal scenario for the final, the Real Madrid board ignored their request and rejected the offer as soon as they were approached. A petition from local businesses in Madrid, hoping to take advantage of the remarkable €30 million worth of income that visitors are predicted to spend, was also ignored.

With that in mind, Barcelona and Athletic representatives were left with no option but to meet with RFEF once again in order to reach a final decision. Despite the Mestalla (Valencia) and the Benito Villamarin (Sevilla) stadiums being ... Read my full article 'Barcelona's Camp Nou hosting Copa del Rey final sparks controversy' here.

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