Barcelona coach Xavi apologized to Dani Alves for removing the Brazilian from the squadron for the elimination stages of the European League.
Xavi will have to give up one of his four signatures in January because UEFA regulations state that “since the playoff elimination rounds, the club can register a maximum of three new qualifiers for the remaining matches of the current league.”
Barcelona was relegated to the European League after finishing third in the Champions League.
This means that Ferran Torres, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Adam Traore or Alves will not have to take part in the European League matches in Barcelona until the end of the season.
In the first match of Barcelona’s elimination round against Naples, Xavi said: “I have already said that I am not honest with Dani and the decision took note more than any performance issue.
Alves, 38, said earlier this month that he understood the decision and that he would like the club to help when he was called. Alves has appeared five times since returning to the club in January, although he had to compete for the right place with Sergino Dest, Oscar Minguez and Sergi Robert. He has three assists and a goal on his account