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Lopez in the dark over Barcelona’s possible expulsion

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Levante UD manager Paco Lopez revealed that he kept the controversy surrounding Barcelona’s Copa del Rey fate out of his mind to concentrate on Thursday game

The Catalan giants have been accused of playing an ineligible player in Juan Brandariz “Chumi” from last week’s 2-1 Copa del Rey first-leg defeat to Levante.

19-year-old Chumi had in fact been suspended for a fifth booking in a second division game against Castellón on Sunday for the B team.

Levante president Quico Catalan has vowed to lodge a complaint to the Spanish FA (RFEF) over the matter, which could result in Barcelona’s expulsion from the competition.

Speaking after his Levante side lost the second leg 3-0 to be knocked out of the last-16 stage, however, Lopez declared that he had no idea what’s going to happen.

“I’ve been focused on the game all day,” said Lopez, according to AS.

“I have enough with that along with what happens on the pitch. The club are within their rights to do whatever they do.

“I didn’t want to know anything and I’ve tried to keep the players focused on the game.

“I haven’t spoken to the president over the subject.”

“As an athlete, I like to win things on the pitch. But there is a regulation that we must all follow. From then on, it’s not up to us what happens.”

Ousmane Dembele’s brace and a Lionel Messi goal were enough on Thursday night to secure Barcelona a 4-2 aggregate win over Levante for a quarter-final spot.

But, depending on the outcome of this saga, it could all have been for nothing if the RFEF decide to take action.