BARCELONA and Sevilla’s women teams have been kicked out of the Copa de la Reina for fielding ineligible players.
The Royal Spanish Football Federation [RFEF] confirmed their ruling today, meaning Osasuna head into the round of 16 despite their crushing 9-0 defeat to Barcelona.
Barcelona Femeni’s dominant reign over Spanish football has been dealt a blow[/caption]
Barcelona Femeni, nine-time winners of the cup, fielded Brazilian striker Geyse against Osasuna.
However she was sent off in the quarter-finals of last year’s competition while playing for Madrid CFF and was meant to be serving a suspension.
Barca said the ban had not shown up on the RFEF’s website or internal system that is used by clubs.
The Catalan club have now been fined just over 1,000 euros but have 10 days to appeal the disqualification.
Sevilla have also been thrown out of the cup for also using a player who should not have been on the pitch.
Nagore Calderon was sent off against UD Granadilla Tenerife in last season’s quarter-final.
But Sevilla brought her off the bench in a 1-0 win over Villarreal, landing them in hot water.
Villarreal will now take their place in the quarter-final.
Barcelona have won the competition for the last three years and in five of the last six seasons.
They have proven to be the dominant team in Spanish women’s football over the last few years.
Barcelona Femeni have won the league three times in a row and have won all 14 games they have played this season.
They have also won the Spanish Supercopa for the second successive year after being Real Sociedad 3-0 in the final.