Published: Mon, August 13, 2018

FC Barcelona - Spanish Supercopa - 12 August 2018

FC Barcelona - Spanish Supercopa - 12 August 2018

But on Saturday the Royal Spanish Football Federation announced there were no restrictions on non-EU players for the Supercopa as it deemed the match "non-competitive".

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

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 have threatened to pull out of their Spanish Super Cup match against Barcelona on Sunday, following a late rule change.

"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".

The victor of the match that will be staged in Tangier, Morocco, will be decided over one leg for the first time.

Barcelona signings Malcom, Arturo Vidal and Arthur will more than likely be Barca's three non-EU players on Sunday, though Brazilian centre-back Marlon has also travelled with the team.

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

Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, who are from South American countries, have European Union citizenship.

It is believed that the Brazilian gained a Portuguese passport through his wife earlier this week, meaning that he is no longer classed as a non-EU player ahead of the new LA Liga season.

The 30-year-old has worn the arm-band for the Catalan giants on numerous occasions before he was named vice-captain since 2015.

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