Barcelona will not be disqualified from the Copa del Rey after Levante's complaint that they fielded an ineligible player was rejected by the Spanish Football Federation.
Barcelona fielded young midfielder Chumi in the first leg of their last 16 tie, which Levante won 2-1 on home turf. However, Barcelona overcame the deficit with a 3-0 victory on Thursday to advance to the quarter finals.
Even before the second leg, Levante president
🚨 Así quedan los CUARTOS DE FINAL de la #CopaDelRey.— RFEF (@rfef) January 18, 2019
📅 La ida de esta eliminatoria será en torno al 23 de enero y la vuelta en torno al 30.
📺 Síguelo en directo en https://t.co/3KBWvvLGuH | #SorteoCopa pic.twitter.com/fhbcHOALUs
Barcelona believed that Chumi's ban applied only to matches played in the Segunda Division B, by which logic he was suspended for Barcelona B's game against Alcoyano - two days after the Levante match.
Levante's appeal rejected with regards to the fielding of an ineligible player in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey.— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 18, 2019
Barça will find out their quarter final opponents in the draw which starts at 5pm CET.https://t.co/j4JtHVPelm
Levante's complaint is not the first of its kind. In 2015, Real Madrid were disqualified from the Copa del Rey for fielding Denis Cheryshev against Cadiz, despite the Russian serving a ban carried over from the previous year's competition.
Big week coming up for @GironaFC...☺️— Semra Hunter (@SemraHunter) January 18, 2019
In a span of 7 days:
*Real Madrid - Girona (Copa)
*Girona - Barça (Liga)
*Girona - Real Madrid (Copa)