Sevilla threaten action over rule change for Spanish Super Cup vs. Barcelona

Joann Johnston
August 13, 2018

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 usual La Liga matchday squad, a team is only allowed to name three non-European Union players, and many had thought the rule would carry over into the Supercopa de Espana.

Messi, who will don the captain's armband for the first time after the departure of Andrés Iniesta to Vissel Kobe during the summer, will also overtake the midfield maestro as the player with the most titles for Barcelona.

FC Barcelona have already flown out to Tangier for the Spanish Super Cup match against Sevilla at the Grande Stade.

Usually a two-legged affair, the match will be settled after just one for the first time on Sunday.

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"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 an improper line-up".

After Messi and Iniesta come Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets, who both won their 28th trophy for Barcelona in the Super Cup win over Sevilla.

But the club could also call upon defender Marlon (Brazil), taking the total up to four.

It was reported earlier this week that Barcelona were in the process of acquiring a Portuguese passport for midfielder Philippe Coutinho in order to free up a third non-EU playing spot in their squad and that process is believed to have been completed. "With all the trouble we have had this week with non-EU squad members, they could have warned us before".

The 30-year-old has worn the arm-band for the Catalan giants on numerous occasions before he was named vice-captain since 2015.

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