Due to a scheduling conflict with South American international fixtures, the Barcelona clash against Sevilla has been postponed. In their attempts to postpone the football match the Spanish FA (RFEF) had rejected La Liga’s request. So they took their case to the National Sports Council (CSD), arguing that both teams would be missing too many players due to delays returning from South America.
The CSD has rescheduled Barcelona vs Sevilla Saturday’s game after confirming that they agree with La Liga’s case. In addition, they have also rescheduled Villarreal vs Alaves match for the same reason. They ruled against the RFEF agreeing with La Liga’s stance that forcing the four teams to play without their internationals would jeopardize the game’s integrity. RFEF did not believe the absence of the South Americans was severe enough to postpone the match. However, they have allowed the RFEF time to fight their case and appeal the ruling.
Now that Lionel Messi has left Camp Nou and joined Paris Saint-Germain, the absence of South Americans isn’t a huge issue for Barcelona. Ronald Araujo is away with Uruguay, but that’s it for Ronald Koeman’s men, who would be at a significant disadvantage against Sevilla.
Gonzalo Montiel, Papu Gomez, and Marcos Acuna are all on international duty with Argentina and will most likely miss the game, weakening Sevilla and giving Barcelona an unfair advantage, according to La Liga claim Barcelona.
both Barcelona and Villarreal will have an extra day of rest due to the postponement of these games, as they prepare to begin their Champions League group stage campaigns later this week. There has been no word on when they will be rescheduled, but La Liga and the RFEF are now looking at available dates later in the season.