Premier League Clubs Hopeful Players will be Cleared to Play this Weekend
EPL clubs are hopeful their players will be available this weekend despite four nations triggering a rule to prevent them from playing.
Premier League stopped their players from appearing for their country if it meant traveling to red list countries. Suppose these players from the red zoned countries would have traveled, they would have had to miss several games on their return because of the 10-day isolation period required under UK rules. In this case, some of the players called on to National duty did not travel.
Unfortunately, things have turned around for the players who were restricted for National duties after being called up by Brazil, Mexico, Paraguay and Chile. Fifa has banned them for five days under Fifa regulations.
Consequently, Premier League officials are in talks with Fifa to try and find a way around the issue while being hopeful that players will be cleared to play this weekend.
Among the clubs affected are Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Leeds, Chelsea, Wolves, Newcastle United and Watford.
In addition to the players missing their sides’ weekend games, Chelsea defender Thiago Silva and Manchester United midfielder Fred will also not be allowed to play in their teams’ opening Champions League games against Zenit St Petersburg and Young Boys on Tuesday.
However, it is understood Brazil has not asked for Everton forward Richarlison to be prevented from featuring against Burnley on Monday. It is felt Brazil showed leniency in that specific case as Everton allowed Richarlison to play at the Olympic Games when the regulations did not force them to.
The move also affects three Liverpool players, Roberto Firmino, Fabinho and Alisson; Manchester City pair Ederson and Gabriel Jesus; and Leeds forward Raphinha who had been called into the Brazil squad for the first time.
Wolves and Mexico forward Raul Jimenez; Newcastle’s Paraguay midfielder Miguel Almiron and Watford’s Chile defender Francisco Sierralta are also affected.
So far, none of the affected clubs has made any public statement regarding the matter.