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Saturday February 11 2017
San Mames rules out Copa final

The owners of Athletic Bilbao’s San Mames stadium have ruled out the possibility of the venue hosting the Copa del Rey final on May 27.

Alaves owner Josean Querejeta went public with his club’s desire for their first-ever Copa final to be hosted by nearby Athletic on Wednesday evening.

However, San Mames Barria, the company that owns the stadium, has confirmed American rock band Guns and Roses will be performing on May 30 and that the concert organisers have requested access eight days before.

“Unfortunately, we will not be able to meet the demands expressed by Deportivo Alaves for San Mames to host the Copa del Rey final on 27 May,” it said in an official statement.

“This circumstance [Guns and Roses] makes it absolutely impossible for San Mames to host a football match on the date of the Copa final.

“If this need did not have to be met, San Mames Barria would have enthusiastically analysed the request of Deportivo Alaves.

“We congratulate Alaves for their brilliant run in the Copa and wish them the greatest success in the final.”

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