Sevilla threaten to boycott Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona
13 August, 2018, 02:03 | Author: Rafael Roberts
France World Cup victor Ousmane Dembele's stunning strike in the second half helped FC Barcelona register a 2-1 win over Sevilla to claim their 13th Spanish Super Cup crown.
In a statement released on Twitter, Sevilla made clear their objections to the decision: "Sevilla FC is surprised by the RFEF's statement 24 hours before the Super Cup".
The Spanish football federation (RFEF) said on Saturday that there would be no restrictions on players from outside the European Union for the Super Cup, despite only three being allowed in squads for league matches.
Sevilla have threatened file a complaint ahead Sunday's Spanish Super Cup clash with Barcelona if the La Liga champions field more than three non-EU players.
Roque Mesa is among the players to come in for only his second start since his move from Swansea City, while Luis Muriel will lead the line for last season's beaten Copa del Rey finalists.
The match takes place tonight at 9pm in Tangier, Morocco, with this year's competition the first time the cup will be decided by a one-off tie as opposed to a two-legged affair. And it is also being held outside of Spain for the first time, with Morocco the location.
Three of Barcelona's signings this summer are non-EU with Arturo Vidal (Chile), Malcom and Arthur (both Brazilian) favourites to be in the Blaugrana's matchday squad for the Supercopa and beyond. In their last statement for the 2018-2019 season, only three were due to be allowed, without exception.
But the club could also call upon defender Marlon (Brazil), taking the total up to four.
Playmaker Philippe Coutinho is a non-EU star, too, however, he has reportedly acquired a passport through his wife this summer.
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