Barcelona overturned a first leg defeat to beat Levante in the Copa del Rey on Thursday but could yet be thrown out of the competition after being accused of fielding an ineligible player.
Barca won 3-0 at the Camp Nou, with Ousmane Dembele scoring two goals and one for Messi. Their place in the quarter-finals, however, is under threat after Levante president Francisco Javier confirmed that the club would lodge a complaint to the Spanish Football Federation.Levante claim Barcelona defender Juan Brandariz played illegally in the first leg as he should have been serving a suspension.
Brandariz was banned after he received a yellow card playing for Barcelona’s B team in the Segunda B division. Real Madrid were disqualified from Copa in 2016 for fielding Denis Cheryshev, despite the player being suspended.