Barcelona avoid Copa del Rey expulsion despite Levante complaint over ineligible player

Following their defeat in the competition, the Valencia-based side filed a complaint over defender Chumi’s usage in the first leg

A judge has declared Barcelona eligible to continue in the Copa del Rey after Levante’s complaint over an ineligible player was deemed to have been filed too late. 

Levante initially filed a complaint on Friday over Barca defender Chumi, who played in the first leg of the clubs’ last-16 tie last Thursday. 

The game, which Levante won 2-1, featured the defender, who was set to serve a suspension with Barcelona B the following weekend.

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Because of Chumi’s participation in the match, Levante argued that Barcelona should have been disqualified from the tournament due to fielding an ineligible player .

Judge Carmen Perez, however, declared Levante’s complaint to be filed too late on Friday, after Barca defeated the Valencia-based side 3-0 in the return leg on Thursday to advance to the competition’s last eight. 

“The sole judge of Competition, Carmen Perez, considers in accordance with the regulations in effect in the RFEF that the complaint presented by Levante UD at 9:33 am on this Friday has been received outside the established deadline,” a statement from the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) read on Friday.

“Once the complaint and the corresponding allegations have been studied, the single judge of Competition has decided to maintain the result of the tie and keep FC Barcelona in the draw for the quarter-finals of this afternoon for the reasons previously stated.”

That draw took place on Friday, and Barcelona were paired with Sevilla in a rematch of last season’s final.

Elsewhere Real Madrid will take on Girona, who knocked out Atletico Madrid in the last 16, Valencia will face Getafe and Real Betis were drawn against Espanyol.

Barcelona are looking to win the competition for the fifth consecutive season.

Full quarter-final draw (ties to take place over two legs)

Real Madrid vs Girona

Getafe vs Valencia

Sevilla vs Barcelona

Espanyol vs Real Betis​

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