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King’s Cup | Copa del Rey: can there be an audience in the stadiums?

The Copa del Rey 2020-2021 is already underway and the next round the First Division teams will come into play. The tie is played on Wednesday, December 16, with a single match at the stadium of the lower-category team. Today it is practically impossible for the spectators of the most modest clubs to see their teams in the stadiums. The protocol drawn up by the Higher Sports Council (CSD) makes it impossible for there to be an audience in the Spanish fields for the moment.

The body chaired by Irene Lozano is the authorized voice for professional football (First and Second), in addition, advises that spectators not enter non-professional football but it is not their decision but rather it is in the hands of the Autonomous Communities and the health services that govern the territory, as stated in Circular 14 of the RFEF on the Protocol of Action for the return of official competitions at the state level and non-professional.

In the first qualifying round of the Cup there was only an audience, with the known capacity limitations, in the matches played in the Community of Madrid and in the Canary Islands. However, this provision may change from one day to the next depending on the evolution of the pandemic in the different territories. The regulations regulated by the CAM allow a maximum of 600 people capacity and always in outdoor sports activities. Meanwhile, the Canary Islands regulated a capacity of 30% of the total. It seems distant to get an idea of ​​what will happen for 16-D, when there are mobility limitations in almost all the territory and a state of alarm that will last until May 9.

For the moment, the RFEF, chaired by Luis Rubiales, has requested by letter to the Government through the CSD that the game that remains to be played between Athletic and Real Sociedad, corresponding to the final of the 2019-2020 Cup edition, be the first one that do it with public and without restrictions. To this day the closed door is still in force.