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Gianni Infantino has urged the Premier League and La Liga organisers to reverse their decision to ban players

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24 Aug 2021
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The two leagues have confirmed that they will not let international travel to countries where mandatory quarantine periods would be necessary upon their return.

According to Infantino, the two leagues have faced global problems together in the past

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has urged the Premier League and La Liga organisers to reverse their decision to ban players from travelling to World Cup qualifiers this September. The two leagues have confirmed that they will not let international travel to countries where mandatory quarantine periods would be necessary upon their return. This could cause severe issues with the coming international window, with Argentina and Brazil being set to take a hit due to the rules. “We have faced global problems together in the past and must continue to do so in the future. The release of players in the upcoming international windows is a matter of great urgency and importance,” Infantino said in a statement published on FIFA’s official website.

Gianni is calling on a show of solidarity

“I am grateful for the support and cooperation from many stakeholders in the game during this challenging period. I am calling on a show of solidarity from every member association, every league and every club to do what is both right and fair for the global game. Many of the best players in the world compete in leagues in England and Spain, and we believe these countries also share the responsibility to preserve and protect the sporting integrity of competitions around the world. On the issue of quarantine restrictions in England, I have written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson for players returning from red-list countries and appealed for the necessary support, in particular, so players are not deprived of the opportunity to represent their countries in qualifying matches for the FIFA World Cup.

“I have suggested that an approach similar to that adopted by the UK government for the final stages of the Euro 2020 be implemented for the upcoming international matches. Together we have shown solidarity and unity in the fight against Covid-19. Now, I am urging everyone to ensure the release of international players for the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers.”

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