The world football governing body, FIFA, has made a decision to bar Premier League clubs from selecting Brazilian players who they refused to release for international duty for five days at the request of the country’s Football Association (FA). Eight Brazilian players at Premier League clubs were affected in the said ruling that will be effective for the period of September 10-14.
The players who were not released for the World Cup qualifiers against Argentina and Peru are: Raphinha of Leeds, Manchester United’s Fred, Thiago Silva at Chelsea, Manchester City’s Ederson and Gabriel Jesus, as well as Alisson, Roberto Firmino and Fabinho at Liverpool. FIFA in turn has contacted the Football Association and the clubs concerned regarding the request.
Earlier, EPL and EFL Newcastle United, Wolverhampton, Watford and EFL’s Blackburn Rovers were all facing possible punishments after refusing players to play for World Cup qualifiers. According to various reports, the Mexican, Paraguayan and Chilean associations have asked FIFA to impose sanctions to these clubs for refusing to release players for this month’s World Cup qualifiers.
The FA, along with Premier League and EFL clubs have unanimously decided earlier not to release players for international matches in places on the UK’s red list to prevent players from being quarantined for 10 days on their return to England. Argentina, Brazil and Egypt are among the nations currently on the UK Government’s “red list” regarding travel to England.
Meanwhile, nearly 60 Premier League players from 19 clubs – who are due to travel to 26 red-list countries in the September international window – will also be affected this month. Teams had previously been allowed to refuse call-ups in such circumstances during the pandemic but that changed earlier this year when vaccine rollouts helped to decrease the risk of contracting the virus.
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