Sevilla Threaten To Quit Today’s Spanish Super Cup Against Barcelona
The 2018-19 Spanish Super cup is in danger of being boycotted and abandoned by Sevilla, who have threatened to withdraw from the match – that is expected to be played today – should their opponents, Barcelona, field what they deem “an improper lineup” made up of too many non-European Union players.
The limit for non-EU players for La Liga fixtures is three. The same limit was previously applied to — or, at least thought to have been — the Supercopa, which pits the previous season’s league and Copa del Rey winners against one another.
Barcelona are expected to have three non-EU players in their squad on Sunday: new signings Malcom, Arturo Vidal and Arthur. Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Uruguay’s Luis Suarez both have EU citizenship.
The problem appears to lie with Philippe Coutinho, who may still be listed as a non-EU player.