Sevilla FC have declared it will withdraw from the Supercopa if Barcelona name more than three non-EU players on Sunday.
A day before the game the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) confirmed that there were no restrictions on the number of non-EU players either side could use in Tangier.
However, Sevilla tweeted in response to the rule change and was quoted in Football Espana:
“Sevilla FC is surprised by the RFEF’s statement 24 hours before the Super Cup.
“It has stated that as many non-EU players as desired can be registered, despite the fact that in their last notice for the 18-19 season, only three were due to be permitted, without exception.
“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 withdrawal on account of an improper line-up.”
Even though the threat appears to carry weight, Marca, AS, Mundo Deportivo and Sport all report Philippe Coutinho has received a Portuguese passport in time for the match.
That would leave Arthur, Malcom and Arturo Vidal as Barca’s only non-EU players likely to face the Andalusians.