Report: Serie A considering Supercoppa expansion

Report: Serie A considering Supercoppa expansion
Lega Serie A, Italian soccer’s governing body, is considering expanding the Supercoppa to a four-team tournament, according to Italian news outlet Corriere dello Sport.

According to the report, Italian league executives have met with Saudi Arabian authorities to discuss the possibility of extending future tournaments. Lega Serie A’s current agreement to take the Supercoppa to the kingdom runs through 2020 and sees the reigning Serie A title holder take on the Coppa Italia winner in a traditional format.

The reported changes would see the Italian Supercoppa mirror the new four-team format being used by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) for its Spanish Super Cup, where four teams contest semi-finals and a final to win the title.

Serie A is one of a number of rights holders to take events to Saudi Arabia but has faced criticism for doing so because of human rights and broadcast piracy concerns. Amnesty International recently called on Lazio and Juventus to boycott this year’s visit.

BeIN Sports, a Serie A broadcast partner in multiple territories paying US$170 million per season for the privilege, has also criticised the Italian league’s decision to take a showpiece fixture to Saudi. The Qatari media company has been the chief victim of Saudi-based pirate network BeoutQ’s content theft, including Serie A broadcasts.

This year’s Italian Supercoppa is the second to be played in Saudi Arabia and will take place on 22nd December at the King Saud University Stadium in Riyadh.

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