Women’s Super Cup: Rubiales hands over the Cup to Barca captain Marta Torrejón and the players collect their medal on the field
Federation sources explain that it was the appropriate operation due to the characteristics of the José Fouto stadium in Mérida and that it was already followed in the last final of the Copa del Rey in La Cartuja
The president of the RFEF, Luis Rubiales, did not star in the protocol of the previous Women’s Super Cup, the one that Barça won against Atlético de Madrid in the Ciudad del Fútbol de Las Rozas in January of last year. This time, he stayed in the box and he did not deliver the medals in hand to the champions, and gave the Champions Cup there to the captain of Barça Marta Torrejón, after the victory against Real Sociedad by 0-3.
The event quickly caused a critical reaction on social media for the surprising fact of seeing the protagonists collecting their medals in a field band, after they had been delivered to the delegates. The recent image of Luis Rubiales in Riyadh, during the men’s Super Cup, where he did hand out the medals to the champions and runners-up, was a recurring comment from the most critical voices. And in the background, in addition, he planned the conflict of the internationals who have given up playing with the national team, due to their differences with Jorge Vilda, including seven Barça champions.
Sources from the Spanish federation have explained that the awards ceremony is carried out based on the characteristics of the final stadium. According to the federation, the José Fouto de Mérida did not allow the access of the protagonists of the final through a very narrow space to the packed box, nor was it seen possible for the authorities to go down to the grass to hang the medals on the players. Consequently, it was decided the same formula that was already followed in the last final of the Copa del Rey in the Cartuja between Betis and Valencia.
Source of data and images: elperiodico