Lescott will NOT be able to play in Copa del Rey due to Covid-19 rules

Joleon Lescott will NOT be able to play in Racing Murcia’s Copa del Rey clash with Levante due to Covid-19 ruling as 38-year-old’s return from retirement takes another bizarre twist

  • Joleon Lescott will be unable to play in the Copa del Rey for Racing Murcia
  • Sportsmail revealed how Lescott ACCIDENTALLY signed for the Spanish side
  • Lescott, 38, announced his retirement from the game over three years ago
  • The defender thought he was committing to a exhibition game but was signed
  • Fourth-tier minnows Racing Murcia play LaLiga side Levante on December 16 

Joleon Lescott’s bizarre comeback from football retirement has taken another twist, after it was announced that he cannot participate in Copa del Rey competition.

Former Premier League star Lescott, now 38, shocked the football world last month when it was announced he had signed for fourth tier Spanish side Racing Murcia.

The club had ambitions to play Lescott in a Copa del Rey fixture against Levante on December 16, though Covid-19 restrictions have now put an end to any lingering hopes.

Lescott thought he had signed up for an exhibition match but the club want him to play in the Copa del Rey against Levante next month 

Protocols put in place by the Spanish FA state that Lescott will no longer be able to arrive and feature in the match due to health concerns, as reported by Football Espana.

Racing Murcia took to social media on Tuesday to notify their supporters about the unfortunate developments which mean Lescott will no longer play.

The minnows, who boast Paul Pogba’s brother Mathias on their books, host La Liga strugglers Levante in the attractive first-round clash on Wednesday.

‘Our president Morris Pagniello and Racing Murcia are happy to announce the signing of English star Joleon Lescott,’ Racing said in a statement in late November.

‘This first and historic signing allows the Racing Murcia project to be known internationally and to give relevance to a squad practically made up of players from the city of Murcia and the towns of the region.’

Pagniello was banned from football for eight months in 2015 for alleged involvement in match-fixing while at Monza in Italy.

Lescott was part of the Manchester City side that won the Premier League back in 2011-12

The club president also claimed earlier this month that there was a ’50-50′ chance of landing Samuel Eto’o, while he also claims to be representing former City striker Mario Balotelli.

Lescott last appeared three-and-a-half years ago as Sunderland lost 5-1 against Chelsea.

He won two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and League Cup with City after joining for £22million in 2009. 

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