Premier League clubs face anxious wait over FIFA ban for Brazil international snub
Premier League sides face an anxious wait to see if they can use their Brazilian internationals when club football returns.
Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Leeds and Everton all refused to release their players for World Cup qualifiers in South America as they would have to quaratnine upon arrival back in England.
Tottenham’s Giovani Lo Celso and Christian Romero, and Villa stars Emiliano Martinez and Emiliano Buendia were allowed to travel to represent Argentina, but found themselves at the centre of controversy in Brazil on Sunday.
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Minutes into the qualifier, local police and health officials entered the playing area to detain the Premier League stars.
Local authorities had requested the deportation of the four players after they failed to comply with quarantine regulations upon arrival in Brazil.
The rules state that an individual coming from the UK must isolate for 14 days upon arrival.
But the Brazilian players who were all prevented from travelling – Alisson, Fabino, Roberto Firmino, Gabriel Jesus, Thiago Silva, Fred, Raphinha and Richarlison – could now face a five-day ban from FIFA.
European Clubs’ Association chief executive Charlie Marshall wants a decision within the next 24 hours.
“This has to be sorted it out within the next 24 hours,” said Marshall. “Liverpool and the other clubs need to know if they can play their Brazilians or not.
“If Fifa is not going to sanction the clubs then they need to tell them.”
Marshall is adamant European clubs should be receiving support from FIFA, rather than being punished.
“We don’t think there should be sanctions because if a player has to quarantine he is unavailable to immediately play for his club again, so it would be longer than the agreed release period,” he added.
“We asked Fifa to extend the exception for players having to be released for international duty but they chose not to.”
Premier League clubs will have to think about the potential absence of their Brazilian internationals for the coming weekend, while those who did travel to South America are set to miss at least two games.
Source: All The News – Football365
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