Barcelona could be thrown out of the Copa del Rey, after Levante’s president confirmed they will complain that the Catalan club fielded an ineligible player, in the first leg of their last-16 tie.

Levante won the opening match 2-1 last week and believe Barca defender Juan Brandariz ‘Chumi’ played illegally, as he should have been serving a suspension.

Chumi was given a ban after receiving a yellow card while playing for Barcelona’s B team in the Segunda B division.

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Barcelona insists a change in the rules, made in November, means the suspension does not carry over into the Copa del Rey.

Real Madrid were disqualified from the Copa del Rey in 2015 for fielding Denis Cheryshev, despite the player being suspended.

Cheryshev had received three yellow cards while playing for Villarreal in the competition in the previous season.



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