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Spain: MARCA doubles down on 'crude reality' splash ahead of Saudi Super Cup

Spain, Madrid
January 12, 2020 at 14:44 GMT +00:00 · Published

Passersby in Madrid reacted to daily sports paper MARCA's front page splash showing a man and a woman wearing a niqab, with Real and Atletico shirts ahead of the Spanish Super Cup final in Saudi Arabia on Sunday.

The image shows a woman dressed in a niqab holding up a Los Blancos shirt while a man smiles to her right wearing an Atletico jersey.

The front page has provoked the ire of social media, with former MARCA journalist Gemma Herrero describing it as "an embarrassment."

However, MARCA themselves have doubled down with a follow up article online saying the picture is 'shocking' and simply shows "the crude reality" of "everyday life" in Saudi Arabia.

The decision to host the Spanish Super Cup final in Jeddah has proved controversial as some claim it helps Saudi Arabia 'sports-wash' its image on the international stage.

However, Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos said that the move has proved to be the right one as "we have been treated superbly, and if our clubs and federation can benefit from it too then it can’t be a bad thing."

Real Madrid will take on fierce rivals Atletico at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah at 18:00 GMT, with the winner being crowned the Spanish Super Cup champions.

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Passersby in Madrid reacted to daily sports paper MARCA's front page splash showing a man and a woman wearing a niqab, with Real and Atletico shirts ahead of the Spanish Super Cup final in Saudi Arabia on Sunday.

The image shows a woman dressed in a niqab holding up a Los Blancos shirt while a man smiles to her right wearing an Atletico jersey.

The front page has provoked the ire of social media, with former MARCA journalist Gemma Herrero describing it as "an embarrassment."

However, MARCA themselves have doubled down with a follow up article online saying the picture is 'shocking' and simply shows "the crude reality" of "everyday life" in Saudi Arabia.

The decision to host the Spanish Super Cup final in Jeddah has proved controversial as some claim it helps Saudi Arabia 'sports-wash' its image on the international stage.

However, Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos said that the move has proved to be the right one as "we have been treated superbly, and if our clubs and federation can benefit from it too then it can’t be a bad thing."

Real Madrid will take on fierce rivals Atletico at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah at 18:00 GMT, with the winner being crowned the Spanish Super Cup champions.

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