Sevilla have threatened to withdraw from Sunday’s Spanish Tremendous Cup after a late change of guidelines cleared Barcelona to make use of extra non-European Union gamers.
The 2 golf equipment are scheduled to play on Sunday night time in Tangier, Morocco (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPNEWS and ESPN Deportes), and the Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) introduced at some point earlier than the sport that the match would haven’t any squad restrictions regarding the usage of non-EU gamers.
The federation’s guidelines usually solely permit for groups to register 5 non-EU and use three in a matchday squad for La Liga video games, and Sevilla made their objections clear on Saturday night time.
“Sevilla FC is shocked by the RFEF’s assertion 24 hours earlier than the Tremendous Cup,” a membership assertion stated. “It has acknowledged that as many non-EU gamers as desired may be registered. Of their final discover for the 18-19 season, solely three have been attributable to be permitted, with out exception.
“The membership’s authorized division is learning the matter and may FC Barcelona submit a crew with greater than three non-EU gamers, it could current doable floor for withdrawal on account an improper line-up.”
Barcelona are anticipated to have three non-EU gamers of their squad on Sunday: new signings Malcom, Arturo Vidal and Arthur. Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Uruguay’s Luis Suarez each have EU citizenship.
The issue seems to lie with Philippe Coutinho, who should still be listed as a non-EU participant.
Sources confirmed to ESPN FC on Friday that Coutinho has been granted a Portuguese citizenship by way of his spouse, which might make him eligible to play with the others.
Sevilla might be objecting if the right paperwork has not been filed to register Brazil worldwide Countino as an EU participant.