Premier League clubs will be allowed to field their Brazilian stars this weekend after the country’s football confederation dropped demands for FIFA to enforce rules relating to their non-appearance for international duty.
The PA news agency understands that Brazil and Chile – as well as Paraguay and Mexico – have agreed to waive the rule preventing players from playing for five days if they do not show up for an international duty, to following in-depth discussions between FIFA and the respective associations.
Premier League clubs have taken a collective decision not to release players if it means they travel to Red List countries as they face 10 days of quarantine upon their return.
Premier League bosses reacted angrily to the situation as it continued to develop on Friday as they were unsure if they would be able to field some of their biggest names in the weekend’s fixtures .
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who faced losing midfielder Fred for Saturday’s game against Newcastle, called it a ‘farce’ and ‘lose, lose, lose situation for everyone – national teams , players, clubs ”.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, who could have been without Gabriel Jesus and goalkeeper Ederson for their game at Leicester, and Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel, who was set to miss Thiago Silva against Aston Villa, echoed the sentiments of Solskjaer.
Guardiola described the situation, in which Brazil had effectively requested a ban on players who would not even have been able to play, given their game against Argentina was abandoned after health officials invaded the field, like “crazy”.
Tuchel added: “It doesn’t make sense which way you’re looking at it. Does this make sense for Brazil? No. Does this make sense to us? No.”
Liverpool could have been without Alisson and Fabinho against Leeds, who faced Raphinha’s absence. However, Everton expected to be able to field Richarlison as the Brazilian federation had not specifically complained about his absence.
Paraguay and Mexico have previously reportedly withdrawn similar complaints, releasing Wolves striker Raul Jimenez and Newcastle midfielder Miguel Almiron respectively.
The Football Association and the Premier League are reportedly already working closely with FIFA to find a solution with the UK government regarding the Red List quarantine restrictions in anticipation of a similar situation in the October international window.
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce warned: “It is what it is, but it’s been even more difficult this time around, especially with the South Americans involved traveling to countries that are on the red list. .
“Maybe the government will have to get involved next time.”
Ironically, the Argentinian players who made it to the aborted match will not be able to play, with Emi Martinez and Emi Buendia of Aston Villa, and Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso of Tottenham, forced to quarantine in Croatia.
“It was a dead end,” Villa boss Dean Smith said. “Each club had to find the best solution for itself. We were between a rock and a hard place.