Uruguay to let Forlan play King's Cup final

Uruguay will allow Diego Forlan to play in the King's Cup final on 19 May despite the game falling after the deadline for players to be made available for the FIFA World Cup™.

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez confirmed on Saturday that he would not ask his star striker to skip the match between his club Atletico Madrid and Sevilla. "I can't authorise a player to play on that date, as it's stipulated that he's not allowed to do so, but I can't intervene and tell him, 'Don't play,' either, as the player is in the most difficult position," said Tabarez at a press conference.

World governing body FIFA on Friday reaffirmed a rule announced last year that obliges clubs to release players who have been selected to play in the June 11-July 11 FIFA World Cup™ on 16 May.

The only exception concerns players involved in the UEFA Champions League final on May 22, but the King's Cup final had to be pushed back due to Atletico's participation in the UEFA Europa League final against Fulham on 12 May.

"Now it's up to FIFA and Atletico to find a solution," added Tabarez. Uruguay are not the only World Cup side with a player involved in the King's Cup decider at Barcelona's Camp Nou stadium. Argentina forward Sergio Aguero and Portugal winger Simao both play for Atletico, while first-choice Brazil striker Luis Fabiano and France defenders Julien Escude and Sebastien Squillaci are all on Sevilla's books.