BarcelonaThe League stops to give way to the qualifying matches for the World Cup, and Barça do not know when it will be their turn to play. The Spanish League yesterday asked to postpone the duel of Ronald Koeman’s team on the fourth day at Sevilla, scheduled for Saturday 11 September, after seeing how the Court of Arbitration for Sport (TAS) rejected the precautionary measures requested by LaLiga so that the players of South American national teams do not have to make the trip, since they would not arrive in time to leave the field of play, fact that “would suppose to adulterate the competition”.
On August 7, FIVA agreed to extend the selection period by two more days exceptionally and only for South American national teams, to compensate for matches not played in March 2021 in South America due to the pandemic. These two more days mean that the players would not arrive in time to play the fourth day of the League, which is why the Spanish club bosses filed an appeal to the TAS that has not prospered. FIFA celebrated the court’s response yesterday, as it “confirms the legality of FIFA’s decision and completely rejects LaLiga’s arguments.” The Spanish League has stated that it will continue to fight in the courts, but for now it has already announced that it will put charter flights on footballers and asks to change the schedules of matches. Thus, Espanyol should receive Atlético on Sunday at 2 pm and Barça’s match would be postponed. The proposal to modify the calendar, however, should first be validated by the Competition Committee of the Spanish Federation.