Friday, July 1

Tickets for the Copa del Rey, a poisoned candy



Hours before the Government announced the reduction of the maximum capacity of professional football stadiums to 75% of their capacity, the Linares Deportivo reported the sale of all seats for his party of Copa del Rey next week against Barcelona. A meeting that has generated great expectation throughout the province, where they have not had a professional team for years, and that has mobilized thousands of residents of Jaen who want to enjoy the visit of one of the flagships of Spanish football. With capacity for 10,000 spectators, the old Linarejos It runs the risk of seeing its capacity reduced by the measure adopted on Wednesday by the Interterritorial Health Council to fight against the advance of Ómicron, a possibility that has caused the concern of the Azulinos partners and the rest of the spectators who have tickets and not they want to miss the duel.

From the Andalusian entity, however, they send a message of tranquility and they explain to ABC that they trust that all the people who have acquired a location can attend the appointment on January 5 (9:00 p.m.). Otherwise, returning the money to almost 2,500 fans and deciding who should be left without entering the field can cause a serious mess.

«It is being said that we have sold 10,000 tickets, but that data is not entirely true, that is the total capacity that Linarejos has. Fewer seats have been put up for sale because there are guests and commitments to attend to, “they explain from the Linarian entity, which rubs its hands in times of crisis because its coffers have had a respite thanks to the Barcelona’s presence in the Copa del Rey. But not everything is happiness, there is also restlessness. The board chaired by Jesus Medina is waiting to receive a communication from the Junta de Andalucía to confirm if it can open the door of its stadium to all fans. In the entity they trust it because they remember that the Cup belongs to the group of official competitions at the ‘non-professional’ state level and that the reduction announced on Wednesday by the Government is only applicable to First and Second division stadiums.

At Linares, set of First RFEFThey look back because last season, although the Government ordered the closure of the First and Second division stands, the Cup matches in lower category pitches were played with the public, although in no case with full capacity. In fact, the Andalusian club received special permission from the Board so that 2,000 fans could gain access to their tie against Sevilla. «There are many children who dream of the game against Barça and many parents have looked for a ticket as a gift from Kings. If they cannot enter it would be a tremendous disappointment for them “, explains to this newspaper a fan who has acquired five seats to watch the duel against Xavi Hernández’s team. The Linares, which in the previous round they beat Alavés, now awaits information from the Andalusian Board in case it were forced to reduce the capacity and return the money for part of the tickets.

Alcoyano, rival of Real Madrid In the round of 32 of the Cup, it faces a problem similar to that of Linares, although on a smaller scale as its stadium has less capacity (4,900 seats). His match is in jeopardy for half a thousand fans and the Alicante club is studying the possibility of installing additional stands to expand the capacity so that no one will miss the duel against Carlo Ancelotti’s men.

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