Levante will take their appeal against Copa del Rey elimination to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after their initial move was rejected.The LaLiga club alleged Barcelona used an ineligible player in the first leg of the last-16 tie, but their appeal was rejected by the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF).Levante beat Barca 2-1 at home in the first part of their two-legged clash, as Ernesto Valverde shuffled his pack, giving games to fringe players and youngsters. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Among the unfamiliar names in the starting XI was defender Chumi, who Levante believed to have been suspended for the match after accumulating five yellow cards for Barca’s ‘B’ team in the third tier.Barca were convinced Chumi was eligible, with Valverde suggesting the defender’s suspension was active for Sunday’s win over Eibar, while the club understood a rule change in November meant a reserve player can feature for the first team in another competition as long as the suspension is less than a two-match ban.However, the RFEF ultimately rejected Levante’s appeal due to their complaint being lodged too late.But Levante announced on Monday they would take their appeal to the CAS.”Levante will file an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport,” the club wrote on Twitter.El #LevanteUD presentará recurso ante el Tribunal de Arbitraje Deportivo del Consejo Superior de Deportes tras la resolución del Comité de Apelación de la @rfef que confirma el archivo de la reclamación por alineación indebida del @FCBarcelona_es en los octavos de #CopadelRey.— Levante UD (@LevanteUD) January 21, 2019The draw for the quarter-finals has already been made, with Barcelona set to play Sevilla in the first leg of their tie on Wednesday.
A LAOIS-BASED organisation focused on promoting awareness of and co-operation in sustainable development is holding an event this morning to start to draw up a ‘People’s Charter for Renewable Energy’.Theresa Carter, coordinator at LEAF, told TheJournal.ie that people are now beginning to become more aware of how their lives are affected the changes in energy policy in this country.“I’ve been running events locally for about six years but not in this scale,” she said.“On the ground, people have become an awful lot more considerable of the environment, they realise how things are being destroyed.” That’s just on the ground though, when you talk to the policy makers they’re just chasing jobs, more jobs. They’re not looking at it in a balance, it’s one company looking at jobs in one thing, they’re not considering how it will affect anything else. Government plansJust last month, Minister Pat Rabbitte launched a public consultation process for a Renewable Energy Export Policy and Development Framework but Carter said the government is still behind.“Our government obviously has little or no long-term, coordinated plans in place and is open to whoever wishes to come in and exploit our resources,” Carter commented. “This has led to big industries taking advantage of the situation while communities are cast aside to facilitate this take over of our resources including oil, gas and wind.”She said that people are often surprised to hear that she would be opposed to certain developments in renewable energy but she said it is the “exploitative” nature of these advancements that worry her and the lack of consultation with communities.The people’s charterThe event today, which will be held at 10.30 at the Killeshin Hotel in Portlaoise is open to the public free of charge and will have a number of experts in attendance. As well as the experts in numerous energy systems, representatives from the Cork Environmental Forum, The Environmental Pillar, An Taisce, The Aarhus Taskforce, The Midlands Energy Agency and Good Energies Alliance Ireland will also take part in the think tank.The aim of the event is to “generate some enthusiasm and commitment to getting this process started”.Carter said today is just the beginning of the process to draw up a people’s charter which will be handed over to policymakers for their consideration.Related: Recession pushes Laois communities into action on sustainability>More: Engineer challenges legality of renewable energy plan in High Court>