JEFF POWELL: Premier League clubs preventing stars from flying away to play for their country stinks of greed and selfishness… Jolly Jurgen and Professor Pep will soon change their tune when they’re on the other side!
- Premier League clubs met and agreed last week to prevent top stars from traveling
- Tottenham and Aston Villa made deals with Argentina and others could follow
- Managers’ attitudes smack of hypocrisy and it’s about time they matured
- Greed and selfishness have dominated the division since the breakout in 1992
The refusal of most of England’s leading clubs to release foreign stars to play for their country is the latest and potentially most damaging act of betrayal of the game known to the world and loved by the so-called greatest league on planet football.
The sickening smells of greed and selfishness have been wafting from the Premier League since the day it broke ranks with history by leaving the time-honored Football League.
Now add the foul stench of hypocrisy. Personified by some of the most legendary managers. And yes, that includes Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola.
Pep Guardiola has tried to prevent South American stars like Gabriel Jesus from flying away this month
Jurgen Klopp has also supported players who stay with their clubs, but he could soon change his tune
Jolly Jurgen is looking forward to a return home from Liverpool to take charge of the German national team. Professor Pep has announced the date when he will leave Manchester City to look for an international position, presumably with Spain.
But here they are twisting the arms of their South American players to avoid being quarantined for club matches by staying at Anfield and the Etihad rather than playing for Brazil and Argentina.
Not in relatively pointless friendly matches, by the way. In World Cup tires, no less.
The same conviction applies to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United, where Edison Cavani’s reward for the chance of being overshadowed by Cristiano Ronaldo will be removed from Uruguay’s squad.
Let’s not forget Thomas Tuchel. He may be the new rave of the King’s Road, but no doubt he also harbors ambitions to coach Germany one day. At the moment, however, he is most outspoken about how it is the clubs who pay those inflated wages to the likes of Thiago Silva, so to hell with the countries.
As for Rafa Benitiez, his husband Richarlison has made it clear that he fears being locked up at Everton.
Richarlison seems to express his disapproval on Instagram in line over internationals
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel (right) said Thiago Silva (left) would not play for Brazil
How will one of these celebrated gentlemen be viewed in this context if and when they go to international duties. Two-faced doesn’t begin to describe it.
They are shamed by their counterparts at Aston Villa and Tottenham, with the latter’s manager Nuno Espirito Santo saying he cannot deny his players the chance to play for their home country. Correct.
Yet the self-important response from the Football Association Premier League Limited under chief executive Richard Masters – and the majority of his clubs – has been resentment and anger at the few who have broken their shabby agreement to prevent players from flying to countries on the territory of the United States. government. red list travel.
Those who adhere to this document of self-interest, this convenience of the moment, will regret it.
From now on, very few, if any, foreign players with the most ambitions will join a Premier League club unless his contract stipulates that he has the right to play for his country when that call comes up.
Uruguayan Edinson Cavani (left) expressed his astonishment at the Premier League’s decision
And will the managers deal with the players they keep locked up as defeats in their absence in South America in the coming days cause them to miss out on Qatar 2022?
It is every footballer’s dream to play in the World Cup final, but that privilege only comes once every four years.
Even more damage will be done to the match itself if some of the Brazil – who are most injured – Argentina and Uruguay fail to qualify this time.
Next year’s tournament would be downsized and the image and future of the truly greatest sporting event on Earth – an event watched by hundreds of millions more than the Olympics – would be weakened.
And lost with that would be the forum for fame that each World Cup offers the next generation.
In their blinkered houses, one of the culprits in this disgrace has paused to consider that without the World Cup the beautiful game would never have been treated to the full majesty of Pele, Maradona, Garrincha, Cruyff, Moore, Beckenbauer, Zidane, Charlton, Ronaldinho and his compatriot Ronaldo… just to name a few.
The Premier League will celebrate its 30th anniversary next February 20. It’s time for it to grow up.
Giovani Lo Celso (left) and Cristian Romero (right) join Argentine players who will travel to ‘red list’ countries after Tottenham agree on their release