Levante of Spain winger, Moses Simon is in for an anxious wait for good news in their battle against Barcelona, after his club officials decided to take their appeal against Copa del Rey elimination to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
Although their initial move to get Barca disqualified was rejected by the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), Simon’s club top brass have taken one step further by going to the international arbiter for justice.
Footballlive.ng gathered that the latest startling move by Simon’s club comes after they alleged that Barcelona used an ineligible player in the first leg of the last-16 tie, but their appeal was rejected.
Levante beat Barca 2-1 at home in the first part of their two-legged clash, as The Catalans’ boss, Ernesto Valverde shuffled his pack, giving games to fringe players and youngsters.
However, among the unfamiliar names in the starting 11 was youthful defender, Chumi, who Levante insist was suspended for the match after accumulating five yellow cards for Barca’s ‘B’ team in the third tier.
Barca, though, insist Chumi was eligible, with Valverde suggesting that the defender’s suspension was active for Sunday’s win over Eibar, while the club cite a rule change in November that a reserve player can star for the first team in another competition, with less than a two-match ban.
Though the RFEF stated that Levante’s complaint was lodged too late, Simon’s club announced on Monday they will take their appeal to CAS.
“Levante will file an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport,” the statement by Simon’s club read in part.