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Sevilla threaten Barcelona over non-EU players ahead of Supercopa de Espana

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There’s a bit of niggle ahead of kick-off

Barcelona v Sevilla - Spanish Copa del Rey Final Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Sevilla are really not happy about the Supercopa de Espana. First they registered a complaint about it being a one-off match. Now they’ve hit out at Barcelona over their non-EU players.

The RFEF confirmed on Saturday there are no restrictions on non-EU players, so both teams can field as many as they like.

It’s a decision that has not gone down well with Sevilla who took to Twitter to let their feelings be known.

Barcelona have named four non-EU players in their squad: Arturo Vidal, Malcom, Arthur and Marlon Santos, although it seems highly unlikely the latter will feature.

Philippe Coutinho has also been occupying a non-EU spot, but it’s been reported this week that he has gained a Portuguese passport thus freeing up a place.

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde was asked about the situation in his pre-match press conference. He appeared pretty unimpressed about the whole thing.

“As for the Supercopa not being a professional competition, I do not know what to tell you,” he said.

”I think that Sevilla are professionals and we are professionals.

”With all the trouble we have had this week with non-EU squad members, they could have warned us before.”

Source | Marca

The game kicks off tonight at the Stade Ibn-Batouta in Tangier, Morocco at 9pm local time.