FC Barcelona’s Juan Brandáriz is currently serving as the point of contention between the Catalan team and the Levante Unión Deportiva.
According to the officials of Levante, the central defender’s participation in last week’s and Thursday’s match is deemed to be against the rules.
Levante contended that Brandáriz, also known as Chumi, should not be in the games because the Real Federación Española de Fútbol (RFEF) or the Royal Spanish Football Federation had already suspended him.
The 19-year-old defender is reported to have been penalized with five yellow cards already with Barcelona’s “B” team.
Among the yellow cards that Brandáriz received was during Barcelona’s recent match against the Club Deportivo Castellón.
Levante president Quico Catalan is determined to carry on with his team’s complaint against FC Barcelona.
He believes that Brandáriz’ accumulation of yellow cards for the season during the previous weekend, and serving his one-match prohibition one weekend later are strong grounds.
Catalan is sure that the young footballer is, indeed, ineligible to be included in Barcelona’s games.
Levante is referring to the Royal Spanish Football Federation’s rules of discipline in defending their claim against Barcelona’s permission for Brandáriz to play.
According to Article 76 of the disciplinary code, a football club that permits a disqualified player who does not follow the rules will render that team as the loser.
Consequently, its competitor will bag the victory, with a final score of three goals to nil. Moreover, if a knock-out draw is the case, the resolution would still favor the competitor.
Meanwhile, Ernesto Valverde’s team is referring to a memorandum, titled Circular 28, which argues that the suspension of Brandáriz is immaterial.
The four-time defending champion and the most successful club in the Copa del Rey competition maintained that their defender’s suspension merely counted in league tournaments.
The RFEF is expected to decide on the complaint of Levante prior to the draw on Friday.
If Barcelona is proven wrong, it faces the risk of being expelled from the Copa del Rey tournaments.
Brandáriz played last week on the first leg against Levante at the Estadi Ciutat de València In the Copa del Rey’s round of 16. Barcelona concluded the game in defeat, 2-1.
Thursday’s match at the Camp Nou Stadium painted a rosy picture in favor of the La Liga champions.
Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele orchestrated the smooth victory against Levante with a final score of 3-0.