Rosell, Perez oppose Supercup move

The Presidents of Real Madrid and Barcelona are united in anger over the decision to play the next five Spanish Supercups in China.

Barca supremo Sandro Rosell and Real counterpart Florentino Perez will attend a lunch with President of the Spanish Federation Angel Maria Villar today in Madrid before the second leg of this year's Super Cup is played this evening.

According to AS, both men will use the event to inform Villar they are unhappy with the plan to move the tournament to China as of 2013. Barca and Real are the two clubs most likely to participate and believe the move will be detrimental to their squads, as players will be fatigued owing to the long journeys involved just when the new season is about to start.

Rosell and Perez will apparently propose bringing teams largely consisting of youth and academy players to China, leaving the majority of the big stars at home, a suggestion which will surely displease Villar.

It is not just footballing reasons that lie behind the clubs' opposition though, as they would also lose money from the move.

The Blaugrana made a total of €6m in ticket sales from the first leg of the tournament at Camp Nou last Thursday, while Los Blancos expect to make around €4.5m from tonight's second leg at the Bernabeu.

By comparison, both clubs would receive just €2m for each edition played in China, while the Federation would rake in a total of €40m between 2013 and 2017.

The Italian Super Cup has been played in Beijing in three of the last four seasons, in order to attract foreign interest in the League.

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