Sevilla threaten to pull out of Super Cup against Barcelona

Sevilla threaten to boycott Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona

Sevilla threaten to boycott Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona

La Liga allows only three non-EU players in squads for league matches.

"It has said that as many non-EU players as desired can be registered".

The video assistant referee (VAR) was used for the first time in Spanish football on Sunday to award midfielder Pablo Sarabia with Sevilla's opening goal against Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup.

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.

With former captains Xavi and Iniesta, the architects of Barça's tiki-taka years of domestic and European hegemony, now departed Messi will be the undisputed leader of the side in 2018-19 as Valverde seeks to build on last season's domestic double by regaining the Champions League crown from Real Madrid.

Barcelona and Sevilla have both been busy throughout the summer transfer window, despite the latter spending less than half of the former on new signings.

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Planes are one of the only ways to get around Papua province, a remote and mountainous region which is extremely hard to navigate. The wreckage of the plane was found in a heavily forested area on a mountain side in the Oksibil subdistrict on Sunday morning.

Sevilla qualified for the Spanish Super Cup after emerging runners-up of last season's Copa del Rey.

"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 the filing of a complaint on account of an improper line up".

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

Philippe Coutinho has recently acquired a Portuguese passport through his wife, which means he is no longer considered a non-EU player.

Barca boss Ernesto Valverde was not happy with the rule change either. "With all the trouble we have had this week with non-EU squad members, they could have warned us before".

The Argentina worldwide takes over from Iniesta following his move to Vissel Kobe in the J League at the end of the 2017-18 campaign.

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