Spain v England in Alicante

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Vicente del Bosque Spanish Manager

A VERY strange decision, welcomed by some, has seen the Spanish Football Association move the friendly football match between Spain and England, due to be played on November 13 from Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium, to the Rico Pérez Stadium in Alicante, home of third division Hercules.

The decision was made as they feared that Spanish player Gerard Piquet would be booed mercilessly as he was by home supporters when Spain played Slovakia, which they won 2-0 and have since qualified for the 2016 UEFA Cup finals.

With a capacity of only 30,000 against the Bernabeu’s 85,000 there will be a number of fans that won’t be able to obtain tickets. This was highlighted by the fact that when 7,200 were put on sale via the internet on October 22, they all sold out within two hours, although additional tickets will be put on sale at the stadium on November 2.

Many fans of both teams will finally stand a chance of what promises to be a good match without having to travel hundreds of miles.

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