COVID-19: Premier League Clubs Banned from Playing Brazilian Internationals

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Sequel to the refusal of some Premier League clubs to release their players for the international duty over strict coronavirus rules, it appears some players including Liverpool trio Alisson Becker, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino; Manchester City’s Ederson and Gabriel Jesus; Fred of Manchester United; Chelsea defender Thiago Silva and Leeds midfielder Raphinha, look set to miss out this weekend matches.

Fred and Thiago Silva could also be absent for Champions League matches next week.

The ruling made on Wednesday, 8 September by FIFA comes after the Brazilian Football Association pressurized FIFA to invoke this rule on all Brazilian players playing in the Premier League as all the English clubs unanimously agreed not to send their players to a ‘red-list nation’ citing risk of contracting COVID-19 plus the amount of time it’ll take for the players to quarantine upon arrival from International duty.

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COVID-19: Premier League Clubs May Be Banned from Brazilian Internationals
COVID-19: Premier League Clubs May Be Banned from Brazilian Internationals

The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) has not requested a ban for Everton forward Richarlison after he was allowed to represent Brazil at the Tokyo Olympics, where they won the gold medal.

Premier League clubs announced last month they would not release players for internationals in countries on Britain’s red list for travel restrictions aimed to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Despite lobbying from FIFA, no exemption was offered by the UK government for players involved, meaning they would have been forced to quarantine in a government-sanctioned hotel for 10 days on their return to Britain.

Aston Villa and Tottenham relented to allow Argentina internationals Emiliano Martinez, Emiliano Buendia, Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso to travel.

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However, their presence led to the halting of a World Cup qualifier with Brazil in Sao Paulo in chaotic circumstances.

It will be recalled that Brazilian health officials stormed the pitch after saying the four players should be placed into immediate quarantine for breaching COVID-19 protocols.

The four players were accused of failing to disclose that they had spent time in Britain, with arrivals from the country subject to strict quarantine measures.

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