​Barcelona discover themselves on the centre of a storm and will nonetheless face being kicked out of the Copa del Rey after Levante have formally complained that the Catalans used an ineligible participant within the tie’s first leg final week. Nevertheless, Barça insist they’ve carried out nothing fallacious.

Coach Ernesto Valverde noticed match to play teenage defender Chumi within the opening leg as he appeared to relaxation his standard starters. Levante gained 2-1, however Barça turned the tie round with a 3-Zero win at Camp Nou on Thursday evening to progress to the following spherical.

FC Barcelona v Levante - Copa del Rey Round of 16

But Levante president Quico Catalan had already stated previous to the second leg kicking off that it was the membership’s intention to complain to the Spanish federation (RFEF) come what could on Friday (immediately) as a result of they consider that Chumi ought to have been suspended for the primary leg recreation after accumulating 5 yellow playing cards, all with Barcelona B, this season.

Levante have since confirmed that their criticism to RFEF has now been submitted.

In response to Levante on Thursday evening, Barça spokesperson Josep Vives defended the membership’s place by explaining, “We perceive that we selected Chumi accurately. We consider that we’re proper and that our interpretation of the norm is appropriate.

“We perceive that Chumi is a participant who’s licensed to play in Segunda Division B with Barça B and concurrently may also play with the primary group. When there’s a sanction it should adjust to the corresponding license, i.e. in Segunda Division B.”

That logic would have made Chumi unavailable for Barça B’s league conflict with Alcoyano on 13th January, two days after the primary group confronted Levante within the Copa del Rey first leg. He was accordingly omitted of the Alcoyano recreation as a result of the membership believed he was suspended.

A report from Mundo Deportivo (MD) notes that the deadline for Levante to register a criticism was Monday of this week and has already handed, though the case continues to be anticipated to be reviewed and a call can be made as as to if Barça are allowed to remain within the Copa.

MD additionally notes that complicated interpretations of differing sections of the RFEF rulebook have contributed to the pinnacle scratching authorized debate.

Juan Brandariz Chumi,Borja Mayoral

One article from the code reportedly makes it clear that brief suspensions of three video games or much less are to be served in the identical competitors by which the offence was dedicated, on this case it will be a league match and never within the cup.

However one other apparently says that gamers of a subsidiary group, like Barcelona B, sanctioned at that degree, should not play for the membership at any degree till they’ve served the suspension. The motive for that rule seems to be stopping an in any other case suspended participant from merely getting used at a distinct degree on the identical day or weekend, which is why interpretation is so key.

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