Levante to appeal Copa del Rey elimination from Barcelona in CAS after initial request to RFEF was rejected
- Levante will appeal the Copa del Rey elimination in the Court of Arbitration for Sport after their initial move was rejected by the Royal Spanish Football Federation.
- The Valencia-based side accuse Barcelona in fielding the ineligible player, Barca B star Chumi, in the first leg of the last-16 tie.
- The 19-year-old was suspended in the local Segunda B league, however, this punishment is only relevant to La Liga, rather than the cup competitions.
Last Friday, just moments before the start of the Copa del Rey quarterfinals draw, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) announced that Barcelona will not be disqualified from the Copa del Rey for fielding Chumi, who was allegedly ineligible to participate in the first leg of the last-16 tie, because Levante's complaint arrived after the deadline.
Levante's initial appeal to that decision by RFEF was rejected, however, now the Valencia-based outfit are ready to take their appeal against Copa del Rey elimination to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
"Levante will file an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport," the club announced on Twitter.
El #LevanteUD presentará recurso ante el Tribunal de Arbitraje Deportivo del Consejo Superior de Deportes tras la resolución del Comité de Apelación de la @rfef que confirma el archivo de la reclamación por alineación indebida del @FCBarcelona_es en los octavos de #CopadelRey.— Levante UD 🐸 (@LevanteUD) January 21, 2019
Barcelona edged over Levante in the Copa del Rey Round of 16 with a 4-2 aggregate scoreline. They lost 2-1 in the away leg, however, beat the Frogs 3-0 at the Camp Nou thanks to the goals from Ousmane Dembele and Lionel Messi. Chumi, meanwhile, only lasted for 58 minutes in the first leg of the game.
Barcelona set to play Sevilla in the Copa del Rey Round first leg quarter-final on Wednesday.