Players from Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Mexico will all be able to play after doubts about their availability
Premier League clubs, including Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea, will be able to play their South American and Mexican international players during this weekend’s matches, Purpose can confirm.
After extensive talks with FIFA, the Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Mexico football associations all agreed to waive their five-day automatic restriction, which would prevent a number of stars from appearing in the latest round of domestic matches.
This means that people like Liverpool duo Fabinho and Alisson Becker, Manchester City’s Ederson and Gabriel Jesus, Manchester United midfielder Fred and Chelsea defender Thiago Silva, are all free to play.
What was the queue?
The dispute arose after clubs in the Premier League unanimously decided to prevent players from appearing for their country in the latest round of international matches, if it refers to a red list country, which requires a period of 10 days in quarantine when they return.
FIFA has tried in vain for the British government to allow quarantine exemptions for players returning from international service, which has led the Brazilian, Paraguayan, Chilean and Mexican federations to enforce the ‘five-day rule’, a FIFA directive aimed at protecting international teams from unnecessary, withdrawals influenced by club.
This would have meant that the above players, as well as the wing of Leeds, Raphinha, Wolves striker Raul Jimenez, Watford’s Francisco Sierralta, Newcastle star Miguel Almiron and Blackburn striker Ben Brereton were all unavailable for a period of five days. would have been after the international matches.
In this case, that period would have covered September 10-14 and would have excluded Fred as well as Thiago Silva from their respective clubs’ first Champions League group matches as well as this weekend’s Premier League matches.
A victory for drivers
The news will be a significant boost for the top Premier League executives, who during their press conferences on Friday expressed their concern over the issue.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, whose team visited Leeds on Sunday, accused the federations of ‘punishing players’ and called for a resolution with two more rounds of international matches scheduled for the end of the year.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær, Klopp’s Manchester United counterpart, calls it a ‘lose-lose situation’ and ‘a joke’, while Pep Guardiola of Manchester City admits that he ‘does not understand the situation’ and appeals to FIFA is doing the right thing and allowing the players to play.
“They did that, which means that the only clubs without international players this weekend will be Tottenham and Aston Villa, whose Argentine compatriots – Giovani Lo Celso, Cristian Romero, Emiliano Buendia and Emiliano Martinez – isolate after flying to Brazil, ‘ a red list country, for the World Cup qualification in Sao Paolo, a game that was eventually abandoned.