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Betis to host Barça in Huelva

Published: Tuesday 24 September 2002, 11.23CET
Real Betis Balompiè will play Saturday's home match against FC Barcelona in Huelva.

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Published: Tuesday 24 September 2002, 11.23CET

Betis to host Barça in Huelva

Real Betis Balompiè will play Saturday's home match against FC Barcelona in Huelva.

Real Betis Balompiè will play Saturday's home match against FC Barcelona in Huelva as punishment for crowd trouble during last season's Seville derby.

Home ban
Betis, who were given a two-match home ban by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) after trouble at the 23 March game against Sevilla FC, had hoped to host Barcelona at Madrid's Santiago Bernabèu. After an appeal by the club, the ban was carried over until this season.

Malaga too far
The RFEF gave Betis two options as an alternative to their Ruiz de Lopera stadium, Huelva or Málaga. They chose the former because of the difficulties fans would have faced in getting to the match.

Too many fans
Betis said they would still have difficulty at Huelva's Colombino stadium, home to Recreativo de Huelva, because they have 40,000 fans wanting to travel but the venue only holds 22,000. The ban also includes the RCD Mallorca home fixture on 20 October.

Last updated: 24/09/02 11.52CET

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