Saudi Arabia to host Italian Super Cup final

Juventus will take on AC Milan in Saudia Arabia for the Italian Super Cup this January Source: twitter

The Italian Super Cup match Juventus and AC Milan will be played on January 16 in Saudi Arabia despite criticism over journalist Jamal Khashoggi's killing.

The match will be played on January 16 at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah.

While the match is slated to be broadcast domestically by RAI, the Italian state TV's journalists' union said last month that it was "absurd" and "unacceptable" for the game to be played in Saudi Arabia less than three months after Khashoggi's killing.

Saudi agents killed the journalist in the kingdom's Istanbul consulate two months ago.

Human rights group Amnesty International have also voiced opposition to the match being played in Saudi Arabia.

In June, the Italian league announced that they had agreed to a deal with Saudi Arabia's General Sports Authority for three of the next five Super Cups to be played in the country.

The deal reportedly will provide 20 million euros ($A31 million) to the Serie A and 3.15 million euros to participating clubs.

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

Juventus qualified for next month's match by winning a seventh consecutive Serie A title while Milan qualified as the Italian Cup finalists.

Source AAP