Sevilla threaten Super Cup action against Barca over non-EU players

Sevilla threaten Super Cup action against Barca over non-EU players

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique reckons making the Spanish Super Cup a one-off game rather than a two-legged contest is a welcome development - but his coach, Ernesto Valverde, is not so sure.

Sevilla could take legal action should Barcelona include more than three non-EU players in their Spanish Super Cup squad for Sunday's game in Tangier, Morocco, live on Sky Sports.

This is following in the footsteps of Germany's Bundesliga and Italy's Serie A which introduced the technology past year.

The game gives Lionel Messi an opportunity to start the season by notching up yet another milestone: the most honours won by any Barcelona player.

Gerard Pique, who announced his worldwide retirement with Spain on Saturday, levelled three minutes before the interval for Barcelona after he was fastest to respond to a loose ball following a Messi free-kick.

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

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The 21-year-old winger was signed in a surprise £36.5 million deal from Bordeaux this summer and was expected to make his official debut against Sevilla.

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.

"We have a lot of hope placed in him and he has a lot of talent. today he helped us a lot and scored a great goal", said Valverde, who added he wasn't "thinking about new signings".

Sevilla, who qualified for the match as last season's runners-up at the Copa del Rey with Barcelona attaining a domestic double, have threatened that they might withdraw citing "improper line-up" if Barcelona play more non-EU players.

However, Sevilla squandered a golden chance to send the match into extra-time when Wissam Ben Yedder missed a last-minute penalty.

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