Barcelona: We don't want Supercopa to be played in China

The Catalan giants do not want the showpiece event to take place in Asia due to the difficulties fans would face in travelling to the Far East
Barcelona are against next year's Supercopa taking place in China because of the problems facing supporters wishing to support their team so far from home.

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has announced preliminary plans with Chinese organisation United Vansen International Sport to stage the pre-season tie in the Far East, according to Reuters.

Barcelona have been involved in the Supercopa for the past four years, emerging as victors on three of those occasions.

"We are not talking about the way money is shared out, but everything seems to suggest that if we go to China we will lose money, but that's not the reason," Blaugrana spokesman Toni Freixa told reporters.

"We don't want the Supercopa to be played far away from the club members, but we understand that the federation wants to do business in an attractive market.

"Barca do not want to play the Supercopa in China for social and sporting reasons, because the technical staff don't want it," he added.

If the tie was to be played in China, it would take place in Beijing's Bird's Nest stadium, according to the RFEF announcement.