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Chumi row continues as five-year ban is reported for player

Chumi row continues as five-year ban is reported for player

Barcelona B defender Chumi could face a five-year ban after Levante made a further complaint over his inclusion in the Copa del Rey last-16 first leg.

The Valencian based side faced Barcelona in the last-16 over two legs and crashed out, but Chumi’s appearance in the first leg saw officials at the club call for the Catalan side to be kicked out.

Central defender Chumi, who plays for the B side – was suspended for league action after picking up five yellow cards, but featured for Barca.

Barca claimed that he was allowed, citing a rule change back in November 2018, but whilst Levante made an official complaint – their appeal was deemed too late by the RFEF Disciplinary committee.

President Quique Catalan has since confirmed that they have taken the appeal to CAS, and that a timeframe of 15 days will determine the decision of the deal.

Levante also called for the quarter-finals, which begin this week – to be called off until the decision is heard but they failed in doing so.

Now, further claims from Mundo Deportivo and Sport say that Chumi could face a ban of five years if the decision goes in favour of Levante.

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That ban seems extreme to say the least, given that they also claim that Barca would not be thrown out of the competition and face a fine of anything from 3,000 to 30,000 euroes.