South Americans not released by English clubs in international window finally allowed to play in Premier League this weekend
FIFA will allow South American Premier League players, especially Brazilians, to play this weekend with their respective clubs, Reuters reported on Saturday, confirming information from Sky Sport.
A threat hung over the English clubs who had refused to release the internationals concerned by the South American qualifications for the 2022 World Cup during the international window closed on Friday. According to these sources, the South American federations have given up on requiring FIFA to ban English clubs from lining up the players concerned for a period of five additional days as had been discussed in the middle of the week, at the initiative of the Brazilian federation.
« Positive signals » from the British government
English clubs had refused to let their players leave because they should have observed a 10-day quarantine on their return to the United Kingdom in the event of matches played in countries at risk on the British government’s Covid-19 red list. Following discussions with FIFA, the English Federation and the Premier League, the federations of Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Paraguay therefore waived, late Friday evening, this automatic five-day ban that they could invoke. .
A FIFA statement said on Saturday morning that the British government had sent « Positive signals » in order to « The next international window in October ». This may mean that an exception to the quarantine rules could be considered and encourage clubs to release their players without fear of not being able to make them play when they return from selection.
Liverpool will be able to field Alisson, Fabinho and Firmino against Leeds
In the immediate future, Liverpool will be able to field their Brazilians Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino, given at the start uncertain against Leeds on Sunday. Likewise, Manchester City duo Ederson – Gabriel Jesus will be able to play against Leicester on Saturday, Thiago Silva will be available with Chelsea, Manchester United will be able to call on Fred and Leeds will be able to include former Rennais Raphinha against the Reds.