MILAN – Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini on Thursday condemned as “disgusting” restrictions imposed on women hoping to see the final of the Italian Supercoppa, which is being staged this month in Saudi Arabia.
The encounter between Juventus and AC Milan will be played in Jeddah on January 16 as part of a three-match deal that Italy’s Serie A signed last year with Saudi Arabia worth €22 million.
The decision to go ahead with the game in the wake of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul had already caused controversy.
But the anger built this week when Serie A released information on how to get tickets, saying some category of seats were only available for men, and explaining that women could only gain access by buying tickets in “family” areas.
“To have the Italian Supercoppa being played in an Islamic country where women cannot go to the stadium unless they are accompanied by a man is sad. It’s disgusting. I won’t watch the game,” said Salvini, a passionate AC Milan fan.