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The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), Atletico de Madrid and Real Madrid have agreed terms on a deal that will see Real’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium host the two teams’ Copa del Rey final clash on May 17.

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), Atletico de Madrid and Real Madrid have agreed terms on a deal that will see Real’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium host the two teams’ Copa del Rey final clash on May 17.

With Spain lacking a national football stadium, the allocation of the final of the country’s showpiece knockout cup competition can often prove a contentious process. The process was further complicated this year by the game’s original scheduling of May 18 and the progress of the Madrid rivals to the final. May 18 is also the date for the Eurovision Song Contest and with public-service broadcaster TVE holding the rights to both events it has been agreed to bring the Copa del Rey final forward a day.

Real was originally believed to want the game hosted at a neutral venue such as FC Barcelona’s Nou Camp, while Atletico had requested that it host the match in its Estadio Vicente Calderon. However, the Bernabeu has been chosen owing to its capacity of over 80,000 versus the Vicente Calderon’s 55,000. Each club will receive approximately 30,000 tickets for the game. “The relationship with Atlético is extraordinary and that’s proved once again with this agreement, which was made quickly,” said Real’s director of institutional relations Emilio Butragueño. “We’re very pleased that the final will be held in the Bernabéu. Seating capacity was crucial. It’s a celebration of Madrid football and as many fans from both teams that can attend the better.”

Clemente Villaverde, director of Atletico, added: “This has been a matter that has been agreed on a fully consensual basis and common sense has prevailed. It’s best for the two clubs. There has been full agreement between the parties. The two clubs have agreed in a very short space of time.”

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