FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC women’s teams have been officially excluded from the national cup, the Copa de la Reina. The reason: Both teams are said to have used players who were not eligible to play and who were still suspended due to previous sanctions. The referee committee of the football association RFEF found both the Champions League finalists Barcelona and FC Sevilla guilty.
Geyse (24) was used at FC Barcelona. Brazilian striker was sent off in last season’s cup final and should have served her suspension in the first cup game of the year. She even scored a goal in the Round of 16 duel against Osasuna. Osasuna appealed and was then right. Barcelona Women’s coach Jonathan Giraldez explained the error in the line-up by saying their ban could not be found on the Spanish Football Federation’s website. The Andalusians, in turn, used midfielder Nagore Calderon Rodriguez – and made exactly the same mistake!
FC Barcelona’s 9-0 win over Osasuna two weeks ago and FC Sevilla’s triumph over Villarreal (1-0) in the round of 16 were subsequently counted as defeats. This was announced by the RFEF on Tuesday. However, both teams have the opportunity to appeal. Barcelona have already announced that they intend to appeal against this verdict. This was reported by the newspaper “Sport”.