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Sevilla threaten Super Cup action over non-EU players

Sevilla threaten Super Cup action over non-EU players

Lionel Messi became the most honoured player in Barcelona history on Sunday, winning his 33rd trophy for the club as the La Liga champions beat Sevilla 2-1 to win the Spanish Super Cup.

Spanish football federation announced that there will not be restrictions on the number of non-EU players as it classed the game as "not professional".

Managers are allowed to name a maximum of three non-EU players in each La Liga matchday squad and Sevilla were of the opinion that the same rule applied for all competitions in Spain.

Sevilla FC is surprised by the RFEF's announcement 24 hours before the Super Cup.

Messi, who was appointed Barca's new captain earlier this week, moves clear of Andres Iniesta as the club's most decorated player, who won 32 before moving to Japanese side Vissel Kobe this summer.

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The fixture, which will be played over one leg for the first time, represents an opportunity for Ernesto Valverde and Pablo Machin to take a look at some of their new recruits ahead of the new season.

"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".

There is also a debut for Arthur Melo in midfield, although Arturo Vidal and Malcom are forced to wait for their Barcelona bows, with the former being named amongst the substitutes alongside World Cup finalists Ivan Rakitic and Samuel Umtiti.

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

Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, who are from South American countries, have European Union citizenship. "With all the trouble we have had this week with non-EU squad members, they could have warned us before".


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