Referee’s decision to end the game before Barcelona bring on Marlon to make his LaLiga debut on Sunday has after it emerged that the Brazilian is ineligible to play for Barcelona until January at the earliest after his loan move from Fluminense was registered lately to the La Liga offices.
The highly-rated Brazilian young centre-back has been on the fringes of the Blaugrana first-team squad following a series of injuries to Luis Enrique’s backline and was named on the bench for the 1-1 draw against Real Sociedad last weekend, with Barcelona now sure to be relieved that they did not bring the 21-year-old on late in the game, as it would have resulted in an automatic defeat.
The documentation for the young centre-back’s loan move means he is officially registered as a Barcelona player, LaLiga sources have intimated that the paperwork was completed too late to make him available for games before the Christmas break but fortunately for the reigning champions, the referee’s stopwatch meant that they narrowly avoided fielding an ineligible player at Anoeta, with Marlon stripped and ready to come on for the injured Gerard Pique as the final whistle sounded, if they brought him to the game could mean automatic mandatory 3-0 defeat, putting them a further 2 point, behind league leaders Real Madrid.
Though Marlon did play 18 minutes against Celtic in the recent Champions League win because it is understood that he is available for selection in the tournament as paperwork was received on time by UEFA.
As a result, he has been withdrawn from last night’s squad for the Copa del Rey clash against Hercules which ended yet an other draw and now will play no take part in domestic figures until resumption of the Spanish footballing calendar in January.