Barcelona-Real Madrid rivalry spills into Copa del Rey final

AP , Friday 12 Feb 2016

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Barcelona's Luis Suarez, left, scores the opening goal during the first clasico of the season between Real Madrid and Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 (AP)

The rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona has spilled into the Copa del Rey final, a match in which Madrid isn't even playing.

Barcelona will face Sevilla in the final in May, but the discussion in Spain is about whether Real Madrid will allow the game to be played at its Santiago Bernabeu Stadium or force officials to choose a different venue.

Barcelona and Sevilla want the match at the Bernabeu, which is the biggest neutral ground, and would generate greater revenue. But Real Madrid has hinted that it wants nothing to do with it, apparently hoping to avoid the risk of seeing its biggest rival celebrating a title on its ground.

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