Sevilla Threaten Withdrawal From Spanish Cup Over Eligibility Rule

Paola Ditto
Agosto 12, 2018

The federation's rules normally only allow for teams to register five non-EU and use three in a matchday squad for La Liga games, and Sevilla made their objections clear on Saturday night.

The Spanish season's curtain raiser takes place in Tangier on Sunday night and ahead of the game, the RFEF suggested that there were no limits placed on non-EU players for the game.

Barcelona are likely to feature new signings Malcom, Arturo Vidal and Arthur as their three non-EU players although their centre-back Marlon also travelled with the squad to Morocco.

"Sevilla FC is surprised by the RFEF's statement 24 hours before the Super Cup", a club statement said.

"It has stated that as many non-EU players as desired can be registered". In their last statement for the 2018-2019 season, only three were due to be allowed, without exception.

Barcelona won both competitions last season so have been pitted against last season's cup runners-up this weekend.

"The club's legal department is studying the matter and should FC Barcelona line up with more than three non-EU players, it would present a possible ground for filing a complaint due to an improper line-up". Sevilla feel this is favouritism towards Barcelona, who have too many non-EU members in their squad, and are threatening to take legal action if Barça use more than three.

Though Barcelona do have Philippe Coutinho, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi who hail from outside of the European Union, all three have European Union citizenship with Coutinho recently gaining a Portuguese passport according to reports.

The 30-year-old has worn the arm-band for the Catalan giants on numerous occasions before he was named vice-captain since 2015.

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