Eight Premier League footballers will be stopped from representing their clubs this weekend after Brazilian football authorities asked FIFA to ban them.
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 quarantine 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.
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, Fabinho, Roberto Firmino, Ederson, Gabriel Jesus, Thiago Silva, Fred and Raphinha – will now face a five-day ban from FIFA.
BBC Sport claim that ‘Brazilian football authorities triggered a Fifa rule to prevent them appearing’ and they ‘will be stopped from playing for their clubs this weekend’.
The report adds:
‘Players not released for an international window can be banned for five days after the window ends under the Fifa regulations. The decision covers 10-14 September.
‘Brazil invoked the bans after the Premier League stopped players from appearing for their country if it meant travel to red list countries.’
Brazilian authorities accept Everton released Richarlison for Olympic duty this summer and waived their right to invoke the rule. To underline, the rule exists – it is the right of any individual country to trigger it. Affects 8 PL clubs this weekend now. Possibly more to come.
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) September 8, 2021
Meanwhile, European Clubs’ Association chief executive Charlie Marshall is adamant European clubs should be receiving support from FIFA, rather than being punished.
Speaking before the most recent reports, Marshall said: “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.