Sevilla threaten to pull out of Super Cup against Barcelona

Sevilla threaten to boycott Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona

And now, ahead of Sunday's game, Sevilla have said they could withdraw from the final if opponents Barcelona name more than three non-EU players.

A club statement read: "Sevilla FC is surprised by the RFEF [Spanish football federation]'s statement 24 hours before the Super Cup", per the BBC.

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.

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. Sevilla are upset about various matters, including: the match being played in Tangier, that it's a one-off match and most recently because of the RFEF confirming there's no limit as to how many non-EU players can be used. In their last notice for the 18-19 season, only three were due to be permitted, without exception.

Barca, therefore, could easily field only three non-EU players rather than risking the match.

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This is also the first year that the trophy will be decided over one game, with the Super Cup previously a two-legged affair.

Barcelona are expected to have three non-EU players in their squad on Sunday: new signings Malcom, Arturo Vidal and Arthur. Barca have taken four non-EU players to Morocco, including defender Marlon.

Though Barcelona do have Philippe Coutinho, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi who hail from outside of the European Union, all three have European Union citizenship with Coutinho recently gaining a Portuguese passport according to reports.

"I think that Sevilla are professionals and we are professionals".

NAIJ.com previously reported that Lionel Messi has been named Barcelona captain following Andres Iniesta's exit from Camp Nou.

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