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The Copa del Rey will not reach all modest stadiums. The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has announced that the precincts of Peña Azagresa, Intercity and Bergantiños do not meet the minimum requirements to host a tournament match and must find an alternative. For his part, Antoniano, a team from the province of Seville, has agreed with Betis to play the qualifying round against the Verdiblanco team at Benito Villamarín.
The idea of the Federation when it opened the range of participants was that the Copa del Rey reached the modest fields. However, not everyone was prepared . The Intercity, Alicante's Third Division team founded only two and a half years ago, will have to play their tie against Athletic at Martínez Valero de Elche because its usual stadium, Poliesportiu de Sant Joan, is not suitable. The City Council of San Juan will make available to the fans free coaches for the transfer.
The other two teams affected, Peña Azagresa and Bergantiños, must propose an alternative for Monday. The Navarrese team had promised to " cover the wall around the field with padded material, which is barely 2 meters from the line that delimits the field , and place a fence behind the wall [of the Miguel Sola Stadium]" for the tie against Celta, but the Federation has urged him to find another place. The first option is La Planilla, in the Rioja town of Calahorra. "By proximity is the most logical."
The other club with problems is the Bergantiños, the Third Division team that will face Sevilla. As the team has informed Efe, it was working so that its stadium, As Eiroas, met all the requirements and the RFEF decision has taken them by surprise. The easiest option, Riazor, is almost ruled out because two days later Deportivo will play an official match against Tenerife. The Carballo team has until Monday at 2:00 pm to propose an alternative.
Nine Stadium Changes
In addition to three mandatory changes, there will be six other clubs that play the first Copa del Rey qualifier away from their usual stadium. In addition to Antoniano, who will travel to Villamarín to gain weight at the box office, the Melilla CD (against Levante in the Municipal Álvarez Claro), El Palmar CF (against Getafe in the New Condomina) will also be 'moved', the Comillas CF ( against Villarreal in Las Gaunas), SD Logroñés (against Eibar also in Las Gaunas) and CD Becerril (against Real Sociedad in Nueva Balastera (Palencia).
In addition, four clubs are carrying out reforms in their facilities to host the games at home: UD Socuéllamos CF, CF Illueca, UM Escobedo and UD Tamaraceite. The 55 matches of this first round of the Copa del Rey will be played between December 17 and 19.
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