A week without a final in the Copa del Rey

first_imgThe coronavirus pandemic has paralyzed the sport in almost all the world and prevents the Copa del Rey final, the second leg matches of the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey from taking place on the week that begins on Monday. Champions League and Europa League, as well as the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix.The final of the Copa del ReySaturday April 18 was the date set for Athletic Club and Real Sociedad to play the Copa del Rey final at the La Cartuja stadium in Seville, after previously eliminating Granada and Mirandés, respectively, in the semifinals. It is the first Cup final in history between both teams. In mid-March, the Royal Spanish Football Federation agreed with both clubs to postpone the game due to the effects of the then incipient pandemic and with the aim that when it is played it will be a party with a full stadium, something that is now impossible. On March 17, Luis Rubiales, president of the RFEF, was in favor of the Copa del Rey final “being with hobbies.” The head of the soccer body advocated trying to get Basque club fans to be present in a historic game as long as the institutions give their approval to that option. “There are no dates. It was valued on May 31. We communicated it to the Royal Household at the time, but seeing what has happened in the last days we have paralyzed any imposition of date. We have the right to put the final on a weekend I have spoken with the presidents of Athletic and Real and they will be present in the negotiations, “said Rubiales. “We want a final with fans, we want them to be there. Unless it is a legal imperative, always at the disposal of the administrations, we would do it behind closed doors. Right now there is no date. If we do not know when we are going to resume the competitions, it would be risky say date for the final. We will work with the two clubs, “added the president of the RFEF.Champions League, Europa League and Women’s EuropeanThe return matches of the Champions League and Europa League quarterfinals were also scheduled for this week, seven days after the first leg matches had been played. Both tournaments were interrupted without the round of 16 being completed. The Champions League stopped dead due to the pandemic before the last four second leg matches of the round of 16 could be played: Juventus-Lyon (0-1 in the first leg), Manchester City-Real Madrid (2-1) , Bayern-Chelsea (3-0) and Barcelona-Naples (1-1). Atalanta, Leipzig, Atlético de Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain had already achieved the quarterfinals a week earlier. The pandemic also interrupted the first leg of the round of 16 of the Europa League, in which the matches Sevilla-Rome and Inter Milan-Getafe could not be played. The return matches should have been played on March 19. This Monday a Spain-Czech Republic, corresponding to the qualification phase for the European Women’s Championship, had to be played. The national team could no longer play the previous Thursday against Moldova in Alcalá de Henares, and now they will not be able to do so either, also at home in Granada, against the Czechs. This was officially communicated by UEFA to the RFEF on March 18. Matches are postponed until later and will be played in a new FIFA window. Chinese GP and Paris e-PrixMotorsports is deprived this week of two tests, the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix and the Formula E World Championship Paris e-Prix for electric cars. The Shanghai race was the first to come off the 2020 F1 calendar. It happened on February 12. The championship then failed to even start as planned in Australia on March 15. Then the great prizes of Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Canada, the Netherlands, Monaco, Spain and Vietnam were postponed. The organizers of the F1 World Cup still do not know when the contest will start or how many races it will have. His sports manager Ross Brawn said last Wednesday that the 2020 season will probably start in Europe, and possibly behind closed doors. Brawn said Formula One’s desire is to race as soon as possible, if at all to give fans some entertainment in tough times, even if it means holding some of the first big prizes without fans. DIAMOND LEAGUE, PREMIER OF KARATE IN MADRID The Diamond League of athletics was to start on Friday in Doha. The following four tests were also postponed, in China, Stockholm (May 24), Rome / Naples (May 28) and Rabat (May 31). In addition, Madrid was to host this week, between Friday and Saturday, the fifth round of the Karate Premier League, with Sandra Sánchez and Damián Quintero as great stars. The world federation (WKF) made this decision “after the resolution of the Government of Spain to apply strict measures to contain the pandemic in the country, including the current state of alarm throughout the national territory.” “The health and safety of athletes and all other participants are the top priorities of the WKF. The international governing body of karate will continue to monitor the situation to ensure the best conditions for athletes, their staff and fans,” he said. the WKF on March 16.Amstel Gold Race, World Cup Sailing, Taekwondo Pre-Olympic and Snooker World CupIn waters of Genoa (Italy), the second date of the sailing World Cup was to be held, from Tuesday to Sunday, and the Cycling Amstel Gold Race was scheduled for Sunday, a test of a UCI World Tour that was interrupted after the dispute from Paris-Nice between 8 and 14 March. This Dutch classic would this year celebrate its fifty-fifth edition with local Mathieu van der Poel as the last winner. Its organizers are still studying the possibility of it being disputed at the end of the year. “We are in contact with various stakeholders such as municipalities, partners and the UCI to discuss the matter. We also depend on external factors. We strive for a quick decision, but we hope they understand that moving such a large test is complex. We are monitoring very carefully all the developments related to the virus. Therefore, we cannot give a definitive date for our decision yet, “they say on their website. In addition, Milan was to host the qualifying tournament for the Tokyo Taekwondo Olympics on Saturday and Sunday, and on the 18th a new edition of the World Snooker was to begin at the Crucible Theater in Sheffield (United Kingdom) .last_img

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