Sevilla threaten legal action against Barca because of the change of the Supercopa rules
- RFEF allowed both sides to field all their non-EU players
- Previously only three of them could be included in the match squad
Should Barcelona field more than three non-EU players in Sunday's Spanish Supercopa match, Sevilla will then file a complaint to the court or even withdraw from the competition, the club have insisted via their official Twitter account.
Sevilla FC is surprised by the RFEF's statement 24 hours before the Super Cup. It has stated that as many non-EU players as desired can be registered, despite the fact that in their last notice for the 18/19 season, only three were due to be permitted, without exception.— Sevilla FC (@SevillaFC_ENG) August 11, 2018
Their statement read: “Sevilla FC is surprised by the RFEF’s statement 24 hours before the Super Cup. It has stated that as many non-EU players as desired can be registered, despite the fact that in their last notice for the 18-19 season, only three were due to be permitted, without exception."
LaLiga rules firmly stipulate that only three players who are originated from non-European countries are allowed to be included in the match squad. However, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) changed these rules just one day before the Supercopa game.
RFEF declared the Supercopa match to be a 'friendly' and, thus, the strict LaLiga rules wouldn't apply to this game. Their statement read: "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."
Sevilla are not satisfied with the federation's decision, having already argued upon the very nature of the competition. Previously Spanish Supercopa was a two-legged tie with the matches taking place at the sides' respective home grounds. In 2018, this is a one-legged game held at the neutral venue (Stade Ibn Batouta, Tangier, Morocco).
Sevilla finish up their official statement with a firm promise to file a complaint or even withdraw from the tournament should Barca break the 'rules': “The Club’s legal department is studying the matter and should FC Barcelona submit a team with more than three non-EU players, it would present possible ground for withdrawal on account of an improper line-up.”
Sevilla's threat is rather confusing. Barcelona have now only four non-EU players: Arthur, Malcom, Arturo Vidal and poor Marlon Santos who failed to receive a work permit to move to the Premier League some HOURS before the closure of the transfer window. Philippe Coutinho has reportedly obtained a Portuguese citizenship, as several Spanish sources confirm.
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
The Blaugrana fans are also puzzled with Sevilla's statement. With Coutinho receiving 'all clear' from the passport offices, there are only three non-European players who are expected to feature in the Supercopa game. Marlon Santos is still considered surplus to the club's requirements and thus will stay on the bench despite being included in the match squad.