Serie A refutes Qatari media lies: Juventus-Milan in Jeddah on Jan 16

Serie A confirmed that the Supercoppa Italiana will be played in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on January 16th, with a kick off time of 18:30.

Saudi Arabia will host three of the next five Italian Super Cups, the league announced on Wednesday.

Earlier, Italian league said that the first match of the series will be held between Jan. 12 and 16 featuring Serie A champion Juventus against Coppa Italia finalist AC Milan.

Serie A said it agreed to a deal with Saudi Arabia's General Sports Authority (GSA), the governing body that oversees sports in the country.

The match usually features the Serie A champion against the Coppa Italia winner, although since Juventus won both competitions last season, the other spot is being taken by the Cup runner-up.

The game has been contested 11 times abroad before, most recently in Qatar in 2016, when Milan beat Juventus in a penalty shootout.

Unlike baseless speculation from hostile media outlets in Qatar and Turkey, which said earlier that the Serie A will boycott Saudi Arabia in the wake of Saudi citizen Jamal Khashoggi crime, the league declared in an official statement: "The race for the award of the Italian Super Cup 2018/2019, the 31st edition of the trophy, will be held in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), at the 'King Abdullah Sports City Stadium', Wednesday 16 January 2019, beginning at 20.30 local time (18.30 Italian time)."

Saudi Arabia will host three of the next five Italian Super Cups, the league announced on Wednesday.

The Italian league said that the first match of the series will be held between Jan. 12 and 16 featuring Serie A champion Juventus against Coppa Italia finalist AC Milan.

Serie A said it agreed to a deal with Saudi Arabia's General Sports Authority (GSA), a governing body that oversees sports in the country.

The match usually features the Serie A champion against the Coppa Italia winner, although since Juventus won both competitions last season, the other spot is being taken by the Cup runner-up.

The game has been contested 11 times abroad before, most recently in Qatar in 2016, when Milan beat Juventus in a penalty shootout.

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