Sevilla have threatened to pull out of Sunday ’ s Spanish Super Cup clash with Barcelona if the La Liga champions field more than three non -EU players .The Spanish football federation ( RFEF ) said on Saturday that there would be no restrictions on players from outside the EU for the Super Cup, despite only three being allowed in squads for league matches .
Sevilla said they could withdraw from the game in Tangier , Morocco , if Barca name an “ improper lineup ” .
“ Sevilla FC is surprised by the RFEF ’ s announcement 24 hours before the Super Cup, ” Sevilla said in a statement .
“ It has said 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 .
“ 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 possible ground for withdrawal due to an improper line – up . ”
New signings Malcom , Arturo Vidal and Arthur will likely be Barca ’ s three non – EU players on Sunday , although Brazilian centre – back Marlon has also travelled with the squad .
Philippe Coutinho has reportedly acquired a Portuguese passport through his wife in the last week , while his fellow South Americans Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez are already EU citizens .
Sevilla qualified for the match as last season ’ s Copa del Rey runners – up , after Barcelona won the league and cup double.
( AFP )
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