Italian Super Cup set for TV blackout at home

The Italian Super Cup has always been a must-see for the Italian public.

The perfect curtain-raiser to the new season, played on a warm August evening just as the dinner course is being served and the second bottle of wine is chilling nicely.

The last three years have seen Inter - the champs - come up against AS Roma - the cup kings - drawing crowds well in excess of 40,000.

Not this year: the San Siro and Stadio Olimpico will remain empty as the game is being played halfway round the world... in Beijing.

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