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Tuesday October 16 2012
Perez, Rosell reject China Supercopa

According to AS, the Presidents of both Real Madrid and Barcelona have rejected the idea of playing the Supercopa de Espana in China.

Real Madrid’s Florentino Perez and his Barcelona counterpart Sandro Rosell attended a meeting in Madrid on Monday called by Spanish Football Federation President Angel Maria Villar, alongside representative from other La Liga clubs.

Villar was attempting to explain the reasons why a deal had been agreed with a Chinese company to play five of the next seven editions of the Supercopa final in that country.

However, both Perez and Rosell dismissed the proposal, arguing there were sporting, economic and social reasons why it should not take place in Asia.

The pair are understood to have explained that, as sporting institutions, Real Madrid and Barca rely on their members and that to contest the Supercopa in China would be an insult to those who would find it impossible to attend the fixture.

In addition, the game would also disrupt pre-season preparations and it would not be financially profitable, saying that ticket sales for a final between the big two would bring in double the money being offered by the RFEF. As Barcelona pointed out, they received €8m in ticket sales alone from this season’s final.

The rest of La Primera are believed to be in favour of accepting the offer, although they understand Madrid and Barca's stance.

In case of a final between the Spanish giants - with the agreement linked to their presence - each club would receive €4m, while a final between either and another club would earn both €3m.

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