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Levante appeal RFEF decision on Barcelona’s Copa stay

Levante appeal RFEF decision on Barcelona’s Copa stay

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 confirmed that the Valencian based side will go to the Appeals Committee with their case.

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“The Levante UD SAD informs that, after the resolution of the Single Judge of Competition in which it refuses the allegation of improper alignment of a player of FC Barcelona in the first leg of the knockout round of Copa del Rey, the Levante UD SAD will appeal this afternoon before the Appeals Committee of the RFEF so that the Committee can resolve as soon as possible.”