Could be awkward (for the regime)?

Facing increasing criticism by government members over the decision to play the Italian Super Cup in Saudi Arabia, Serie A’s president is hailing the match as a “historic” opportunity for Saudi women to attend an international soccer game.

After tickets for the Jan. 16 game between Juventus and AC Milan went on sale with specified sectors for “singles” and “families” to separate men and women, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said it was “a shame” for the game to be played in a country where women can’t go to the stadium unless they are accompanied by men.

“I won’t watch that match,” added Salvini, an outspoken Milan fan who recently criticized the choices of coach Gennaro Gattuso. “Soccer is a slave to business and television.”

Numerous other Italian politicians also expressed outrage.

Serie A president Gaetano Micciche responded by pointing out that women can go to the match unaccompanied…

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