Spanish state television eluded the Saudi Super Cup over rights concerns

MADRID (Reuters) – Spanish state broadcaster RTVE said on Thursday that it would not bid to air the upcoming Spanish Super Cup soccer tournament in Saudi Arabia due to human rights concerns.

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has announced a three-year deal to play a revamped tournament in Saudi Arabia, with Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Valencia due to the first edition competition in Jeddah in January 2020.

That has brought criticism from some in the sports world that the federation prioritizes money and ignores the abusive acts in the conservative Islamic kingdom where women are deprived of rights and officials. mastermind of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.

Jesus RTVE will not participate in the bidding to buy the rights to broadcast the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia because the country violates human rights, especially the rights of women in the field of sports, the head of the sport. sports of Jesus RTVE.

Some countries where women have not been able to watch soccer recently. Human rights are the cornerstone of this group, the company has made a big push for women's sports in the past few years, he added on the channel.

Neither the Spanish football federation nor the Saudi authorities were able to comment immediately.

Speaking at the Saudi announcement as host of the tournament on Monday, RFEF president Luis Rubiales said he could ensure women would be able to attend without restrictions.

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