Barcelona will remain in the Copa del Rey after the RFEF rejected Levante’s complaint, it has emerged.
Levante confirmed on Friday morning that they lodged a complaint against Barca for playing Chumi in the first leg of their Copa last 16 tie.
The Catalan side gave a start to Chumi in central defence, however, the youngster had been suspended for the B side, who play in the third tier of Spanish football.
It is a similar situation to that of Denis Cheryshev, who played for Real Madrid in 2015 and saw the Santiago Bernabeu outfit eliminated from the tournament.
However, despite that incident and claims of elimination, Barca officials were said to be ‘calm’ over the threat with Levante president Quique Catalan confirming that his side contacted the RFEF on Friday morning.
Barca, who beat Levante in the second lef of that tie on Thursday evening – claim that a rule change in November sees them having not broken the rules.
But, it has now been confirmed that the complaint was rejected due to Levante submitting it too late.
Judge Carmen Perez ruled that the complaint should have been recieved by Monday at the latest, and it is now expected that the Valencian based side will go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport with their case.