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BARCELONA-SEVILLA MATCH POSTPONED OVER WORLD CUP QUALIFIER CLASH

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Farouq Oduola A.

The Spanish sports ministry stated Tuesday that Barcelona’s LaLiga match against Sevilla on Saturday has been postponed due to a clash with World Cup qualifiers in South America.

Last Monday, the Spanish Football Federation [RFEF] denied LaLiga’s plea to have the game called off, prompting league president Javier Tebas to file an appeal.

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The sports ministry announced in a brief statement on Tuesday that it had sided with Tebas in the dispute and decided to postpone Barca’s visit to the Sanchez Pizjuan. The match between Villarreal and Alaves has also been called off.

There has yet to be a date set for the rescheduled matches.

During the international break, the third and final round of South American World Cup qualifiers will take place in the early hours of Friday European time.

As a result, the players concerned will be unable to play for their respective clubs in the Spanish league this weekend.

Sevilla would be without Argentina internationals Gonzalo Montiel, Marcos Acuna, and Alejandro “Papu” Gomez, while Barcelona would only be missing Uruguay defender Ronald Araujo.

If Villarreal’s match with Alaves had been obliged to go forward, they would have been without Argentine duo Geronimo Rulli and Ecuador’s Pervis Estupinan.

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