FIFA cleans up Brazilians in Premier League over weekend with Chile, Mexico and Paraguay – News Sky Sport 2021

FIFA relied on Article 5 to prevent Premier League clubs from selecting players they refused to release for the latest round of international matches; Premier League clubs unanimously agreed last month not to release players to matches on UK government red-listed countries

Brazil goalkeepers Ederson (left) and Alisson will be available for Manchester City and Liverpool respectively

FIFA has allowed players invited to the Premier League by Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Paraguay during the international break.

On Wednesday, it emerged that FIFA had prevented Premier League clubs from selecting players they had refused to release for the latest round of international matches, citing Article 5 at the request of the Brazilian Football Association.

The request came after Premier League clubs unanimously agreed last month not to release players to international matches in the UK government’s Red List countries.

However, after extensive negotiations with FIFA, the FA and the Premier League, the federations of Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Paraguay have agreed to waive the automatic five-day limit they could impose.

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The decision was made late Friday night, just over 12 hours before the start of the weekend matches.

FIFA said in a statement: “Based on positive signals and a constructive dialogue, FIFA arrived at the international match window from the UK government in October, acknowledging that players could not control the extreme situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and health restrictions. imposed.

“As a sign of good faith, goodwill and cooperation, the member federations of Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Paraguay, in close consultation with FIFA, have decided to withdraw their complaints against UK-based players and players. to play in England who have not been released for recent international matches.

“On 8 September 2021, the President of FIFA, the Interim President of the FA and the President of the Premier League sent a joint letter to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom Government is now open to finding a reasonable solution with the three organizations working closely together a spirit of understanding, in the interest of all. “

Under the decision, Liverpool could choose Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino against Leeds on Sunday in Sky Sports live.–wJL2A

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was left frustrated by the situation earlier on Friday

The Manchester City duo Ederson and Gabriel Jesus can play against Leicester on Saturday, Thiago Silva is available at Chelsea, Manchester United can call Fred and Leeds Raphina, who missed out on the international debut.

The verdict could also have prevented players from competing in Champions League matches on Tuesday.

Earlier in Friday’s pre-match press conference, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola voiced displeasure over the situation.

Klopp said: “This is a very difficult situation and very difficult for all clubs, especially the players.

“At this moment, we must not forget that the players wanted to play these games, the clubs wanted to let the players go, but that was not possible.”

The English leading clubs did not want players to travel because they would have faced their return to the UK due to quarantine restrictions, which could have excluded them for 10 days.

Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel suggested that if the problem arises again during international breaks in the future, FIFA should consider changing the venue of the matches to avoid quarantine.

“Personally, I think a solution could be to move games from the red list to the green list countries,” Tuchel said. – As in the Champions League.

Everton striker Richarlison avoided the five-day ban as the Brazilian Football Association saw his situation differently after participating in the Olympics.

Everton had no obligation to allow the striker to participate in the Tokyo Games after participating in Copa America a few weeks earlier, but took a broader view of making the player and his team happy.

Wolves and Mexican striker Raul Jimenez, Newcastle Paraguayan midfielder Miguel Almiron and Watford’s Chilean Francisco Sierralta will also be free to play this weekend.

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