Why Malcom is out of Barcelona's Spanish Super Cup vs Sevilla

Sevilla threaten to boycott Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona

Sevilla threaten to boycott Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona

FC Barcelona have already flown out to Tangier for the Spanish Super Cup match against Sevilla at the Grande Stade.

Spanish football federation announced that there will not be restrictions on the number of non-EU players as it classed the game as "not professional".

Per the La Liga rulebook, which was thought to be applied to Sunday's game, clubs are only allowed to name three non-EU players in their matchday squad.

Roque Mesa is among the players to come in for only his second start since his move from Swansea City, while Luis Muriel will lead the line for last season's beaten Copa del Rey finalists.

With former captains Xavi and Iniesta, the architects of Barça's tiki-taka years of domestic and European hegemony, now departed Messi will be the undisputed leader of the side in 2018-19 as Valverde seeks to build on last season's domestic double by regaining the Champions League crown from Real Madrid.

Barcelona have taken part in nine of the last 10 Super Cups, but this was the first to take place over just one leg and in a foreign country.

Barcelona are likely to feature new signings Malcom, Arturo Vidal and Arthur as their three non-EU players although their centre-back Marlon also travelled with the squad to Morocco.

"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 the filing of a complaint on account of an improper line-up".

It was reported earlier this week that Barcelona were in the process of acquiring a Portuguese passport for midfielder Philippe Coutinho in order to free up a third non-EU playing spot in their squad and that process is believed to have been completed.

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