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La Liga insist Barcelona have not successfully registered Memphis Depay & Eric Garcia

Max Cooper
Depay may have to wait for his Barcelona debut
Depay may have to wait for his Barcelona debut / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images
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La Liga are contesting FC Barcelona's claims that both Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia have been successfully registered for the new season, stating that they had not received the requests when the announcement was made.

La Blaugrana had been unable to register new signings Depay, Garcia and Barça B starlet Rey Minaj in their squad due to a salary cap enforced by La Liga.

Memphis Depay
Depay may not be able to play this weekend for Barça / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

However, the club confirmed in a statement that they had registered the trio for the upcoming season, after Gerard Pique selflessly accepted a pay cut to accommodate the newcomers.

That version of events has suddenly been contested by La Liga though, with the Spanish football governing body claiming that Barça had not provided the documentation by the time they'd made their public announcement on Saturday morning, according to Mundo Deportivo.

La Liga then released a statement confirming that they have informed Barcelona of the irregularity, and they are reviewing the registration documentation to verify that 'it complies with the required regulations'.

"In relation to the statement this morning from FC Barcelona on the registration of the players Memphis Depay and Eric García in LaLiga, the association wishes to clarify:

"The documentation on these registrations had not been sent by FC Barcelona at the time of its public communication, but on this afternoon, after LaLiga had notified the club of this fact," La Liga's statement read.

"The documentation is being reviewed by the LaLiga Economic Control and Competitions teams to verify that it complies with the required regulations."

Barça have been fighting against this salary cap all summer, and these restrictions eventually forced club legend Lionel Messi out of the door. It appeared as if they would be unable to register their new signings for the upcoming campaign too, but Pique's acceptance of a pay cut made it possible once again.

However, the club's hopes of seeing their new signings line up for the season opener against Real Sociedad on Sunday have taken another major hit.

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