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

Sevilla threaten to quit Super Cup in row over Barcelona's non-EU players

These two sides faced off in the final of last season's Copa del Rey, with the Catalan giants running out 5-0 winners on the night.

It had been thought the Spanish Super Cup was the same but Sevilla said they would object to "an improper line-up".

A club statement read: "Sevilla FC is surprised by the RFEF [Spanish football federation]'s statement 24 hours before the Super Cup", per the BBC.

Barca, therefore, could easily field only three non-EU players rather than risking the match.

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Barcelona are expected to have three non-EU players in their squad on Sunday: new signings Malcom, Arturo Vidal and Arthur.

Sevilla had already been antagonised by the RFEF's decision to stage the Supercopa, traditionally a two-legged, home-and-away tie, as a one-off match in Tangier.

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. Barca have taken four non-EU players to Morocco, including defender Marlon. Sevilla feel this is favouritism towards Barcelona, who have too many non-EU members in their squad, and are threatening to take legal action if Barça use more than three. Widespread reports in the Spanish media claim Brazilian Philippe Coutinho has gained a Portuguese passport through his wife, easing Ernesto Valverde's selection constraints.

The Argentina global takes over from Iniesta following his move to Vissel Kobe in the J League at the end of the 2017-18 campaign.

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