Real Madrid are refusing to host the Spanish Copa del Rey final between FC Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao at the Santiago Bernabéu.
The Santiago Bernabéu is unlikely to be the venue for the cup final, as two years ago Los Blancos released a statement to the Spanish Football Association saying that they have no desire to host any more finals in their stadium.
Marca reported that the move can’t be seen as one of spite towards either of the finalists, as Real Madrid have no intention of hosting the Champions League final at their stadium either - with the last European final at their home ground having taken place in 2010, when the club was run by former president Ramon Calderon.
It’s been said that Florentino Perez does not want to go against the wishes of stakeholders and fans alike, who don’t want to see the Copa del Rey showpiece in their backyard.
Unlike in England, where Wembley is the permanent cup final ground, and in Italy where the Stadio Olimpico is the annual venue, Spain doesn’t have a venue where domestic finals are played consecutively.
The last cup final to be hosted at the Santiago Bernabéu was two years ago, when Real's rivals Atletico Madrid lifted the trophy.
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