Ernesto Valverde refuted claims that Barcelona broke RFEF guidelines by fielding an ineligible participant, after watching his aspect progress to the final eight of the Copa del Rey.

Having trailed within the first leg 2-1, the Blaugrana eased by to the subsequent spherical with a 3-0 ​win, due to objectives from Ousmane Dembele and Lionel Messi.

Nonetheless, the tie has down shrouded in controversy amid claims that Barcelona B participant Juan Brandariz, generally often known as Chumi, ought to have been suspended for the primary tie.

An investigation adopted, however the Spanish federation (RFEF) reportedly ​cleared the Catalan aspect of wrongdoing, confirming the youth participant’s suspension solely utilized to the membership’s B workforce.

Talking put up match, as quoted by ​Marca, Valverde remained adamant his ​Barcelona aspect needs to be within the hat for Friday’s draw: “Now we have little question about Chumi.

“We needs to be within the draw tomorrow and we’re positive that we did nothing flawed. We knew completely properly that he was suspended and that we could not use him within the sport in opposition to Eibar, however within the cup we may.

“We’re satisfied of what we’ve performed. Now we have acted in a completely right approach. Now we have gained the place we needed to win. It is rather clear.”

The 30-time Copa del Rey winners made gentle work of their opponents to seal their passage by to the final eight, the place they may face rivals Real Madrid who defeated Leganes 3-1 on aggregate.

Regardless of beginning a number of first workforce regulars, together with trio Dembele, Messi and Ivan Rakitic, Valverde defended his determination to introduce frontman Luis Suarez

With their opponents needing two objectives to qualify, Suarez was summoned on the hour mark, however made little impression, having starred in final Sunday’s league ​victory over Eibar.

He added: “We all know how they (Levante) would play. There was half an hour left. We have been forward and a objective from Levante would have compromised our place.


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