There will be no limit for the non-EU players in Sunday's Supercopa
- There are only three places reserved for the non-EU players in the squad, according to LaLiga rules
- However, RFEF declare the upcoming Supercopa to be a friendly match
LaLiga rules firmly stipulate that only three non-EU players are allowed to be included in a matchday squad. The same principle was supposed to apply to the upcoming Spanish Supercopa game, scheduled for Sunday's night. However, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) have declared this game to be a 'friendly' and, thus, not to be subjected to such strict rules.
? [MD] | Fourth change is allowed in the supercopa if extended— BarcaTimes (@BarcaTimes) August 10, 2018
(RFEF) officially announced that in the final of the Supercopa single match to be played this Sunday in Tangier between Sevilla and Barcelona , the teams may enter a fourth substitution if extra time is reached. pic.twitter.com/Ixxa8JCfUl
The federation's official statement read: "the match is an official competition at state level, supervised and organised by the RFEF and, in line with the law regarding work's legal rights, isn't classified as a professional match".
The message continues with stating there will be no restrictions: "It's for this reason that, in accordance with the law regarding football competitions which aren't recognised as professional matches, there's no restriction in regards to how many non-EU players can be used in the same competition."
RFEF finish up: "As such, the Spanish Super Cup final has never put a limit on non-EU players and both teams can name as many players as they wish to take part in the match."
This means Ernesto Valverde is allowed to name all the South American players in his matchday squad, including three newcomers - Malcom, Arthur and Arturo Vidal; as well as Marlon Santos who failed to get a work permit to join Newcastle at the final day of the transfer window. Fortunately, Philippe Coutinho has managed to obtain the Portuguese citizenship through his wife.
Had it confirmed that Coutinho's documents have come through & he's no longer a non-EU player. Green light for the Super Cup this weekend, leaving Vidal, Malcom & Arthur as three non-EU players.— Samuel Marsden (@samuelmarsden) August 10, 2018
How will Barcelona line up against Sevilla?