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

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Sevilla could take legal action should Barcelona include more than three non-EU players in their Spanish Super Cup squad for Sunday's game in Tangier, Morocco, live on Sky Sports.

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The Spanish football federation had placed no restrictions on the use of players from outside the European Union for the fixture, which is different to La Liga, in which teams are only allowed to include three per squad.

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

A Sevilla club statement read: "Sevilla FC is surprised by the RFEF's statement 24 hours before the Super Cup".

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Usually a two-legged affair, the match will be settled after just one for the first time on Sunday. In their last statement for the 2018-2019 season, only three were due to be allowed, without exception. Barca have taken four non-EU players to Morocco, including defender Marlon.

It was reported earlier this week that Barcelona were in the process of acquiring a Portuguese passport for midfielder Philippe Coutinho in order to free up a third non-EU playing spot in their squad and that process is believed to have been completed.

Barca boss Ernesto Valverde was not happy with the rule change either.

Messi moved ahead of club great Andres Iniesta - the man he replaced as skipper following his transfer to Japanese outfit Vissel Kobe - for the most trophies at Camp Nou.

The 30-year-old has worn the arm-band for the Catalan giants on numerous occasions before he was named vice-captain since 2015.

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