A classic ‘Club versus Country’ dispute has arisen with players of the Brazilian national team, but what is it about?
An unusual scenario has arisen in which a number of Premier League clubs are in conflict with the Brazilian Football Association (CBF) and other South American associations.
Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea is one of the high-profile teams likely to be affected, while national associations are calling for a FIFA rule to prevent players from playing.
So, what is the rule exactly, which players are in danger of missing it and why did the whole story evolve in this way? Purpose has all the details.
What is the five-day FIFA rule that affects players in the Premier League?
The rule in question here is Annexure 1, Article 5 of FIFA’s regulations on the status and transfer of players.
It is intended to protect national teams from unnecessary withdrawals influenced by the club, and effectively prevents players called up for international teams from playing for their clubs while they have to be released for service – plus five days to the international window.
In this particular case, those additional five days cover the period from 10 September to 14 September.
The wording of section 5 reads: “A player who has been called up by his association for one of his representative teams, unless the association concerned has agreed otherwise, is not entitled to play for the club with which he is registered during the period “which he has released or should have been in accordance with the provisions of this Schedule, plus an additional period of five days.”
How did the dispute arise?
In front of the international window of September 2021, Premier League clubs have decided “reluctantly but unanimously” not to allow players to the ‘red list’ countries of the United Kingdom due to the need for them to be quarantined for a period of 10 days upon their return.
A statement from the league explained: ‘If it is necessary to be quarantined on return from the red list countries, it will not only significantly affect the well-being and fitness of players, but it will also not be available to advance. prepare for and play in two Premier League match rounds, a UEFA club competition match day and the third round of the EFL Cup. “
In addition to the Brazilian Football Association, the governing bodies of the Mexico, Paraguay and Chile teams also cited the rule out of protest against the refusal to release players.
Diplomatic efforts have been made to involve representatives of the Premier League clubs, FIFA and the national associations in an attempt to resolve the situation in a friendly solution.
Which players in the Premier League are affected?
A number of key players from Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea are affected, as well as players at Wolves, Newcastle United, Leeds United and Watford.
Liverpool duo Alisson and Fabinho will be affected if the rule remains in force (Roberto Firmino is out with an injury), while Ederson and Gabriel Jesus is ruled out of playing for Manchester City, although Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola are both hopeful that they will be involved.
Others of the Brazilian group include the Chelsea defender Thiago Silva is affected, just like the Manchester United midfielder Fred and Leeds United forward Raphinha.
Wolves and Mexico’s goal scorer Raul jimenez It would also be affected, although the Mexico Association withdrew their complaint. Others affected are the Watford player in Chile Francisco Sierralta and Newcastle’s midfielder in Paraguay Miguel Almiron.