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Camp Nou to host Barca's Copa del Rey final against Bilbao

Home advantage as Camp Nou is picked for Barcelona's Copa final against Athletic Bilbao

Barcelona's Lionel Messi, left, hugs Luis Suarez after Suarez scored his team's second goal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona...

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Barcelona's Lionel Messi, left, hugs Luis Suarez after Suarez scored his team's second goal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona...

MADRID (AP) -- Barcelona will have home advantage for its Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao after Spain's football federation voted on Wednesday for the Camp Nou as the venue.

Both finalists had originally asked to play the May 30 decider at Real Madrid's 81,000-seater Bernabeu stadium. However, the venue for Copa finals must be offered voluntarily and Madrid made no such offer.

After two hours of talks failed to resolve the issue, the federation's executive committee took a vote from four stadium options: Barcelona, Bilbao, Valencia and Sevilla.

The Camp Nou, with its maximum capacity of 98,700, was chosen ahead of Bilbao's 53,300-capacity San Mames stadium in the final round of voting.


Updated : 2021-09-28 07:56 GMT+08:00