MILAN – Series A has announced the date and venue of the Italian Super Cup, which will be played in Saudi Arabia next month, despite calls for the match's move after the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi .
The match between Juventus and AC Milan will take place on Jan. 16 at King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah.
While the match is supposed to be broadcast by RAI on the domestic market, the Italian TV journalists union said last month that it was "absurd" and "unacceptable" that the match be played in Saudi Arabia less than three months after Khashoggi's murder.
Saudi agents killed Khashoggi at the Kingdom's consulate in Istanbul two months ago.
According to US intelligence estimates and experts, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who controls all the levers of power in Saudi Arabia, has probably ordered or at least had knowledge of the killing. The Saudi authorities have said that those who killed Khashoggi exceeded their powers and that prosecutors were asking for the death penalty for five people involved in the killing.
The human rights group Amnesty International has also expressed opposition to the match in Saudi Arabia.
In June, the Italian league announced that it had agreed to an agreement with the General Authority of Sports of Saudi Arabia for the creation of three of the next five Super Cup in the country.
The deal is expected to bring 20 million euros to Serie A and 3.15 million euros to participating clubs.
The game has already been played 11 times abroad, including Qatar in 2016, when Milan beat Juventus on penalties.
Juventus qualify for next month's game by winning a seventh consecutive Serie A title, while Milan qualify as a finalist in the Italian Cup.
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