EXCLUSIVE: International feud continues as Premier League clubs prepare to AGAIN keep South American stars off duty if forced to miss domestic matches
- Clubs will only release players if countries release them before the final draw
- They would refuse to let them go if forced to miss domestic matches
- League officials seek quarantine waiver for red-listed countries
Premier League clubs are ready to ban their South American stars from their international duties again if the players are forced to miss domestic matches.
The Mail on Sunday has been informed that clubs will only release players for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers if their country releases them before the final draw.
League officials are in talks with the government about obtaining a quarantine waiver for players returning from red-listed countries, including Brazil and Argentina. A reported proposal requires footballers to be quarantined for five days in a ‘club bubble’ instead of the current 10 in designated hotels.
South American Stars Could Again Be Banned From Upcoming International Service
But this wouldn’t suit top clubs if players are asked to play in all of their country’s international ties, as they would miss up to two club matches.
South American teams will play three World Cup qualifiers next month, with the final set of qualifiers taking place a day before a competition round and less than a week before European matches.
Manchester United and Liverpool sparked a spat with Brazil and other South American countries earlier this month after Premier League clubs refused to release players for the final three qualifying rounds.
Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero defied club orders to play for their country last time
Tottenham’s two Argentina internationals Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero defied club orders to travel to play for their country, while Aston Villa agreed to release goalkeeper Emi Martinez and sign Emi Buendia.
Another stalemate can arise if an agreement that is suitable for all parties is not reached.
Sources at Argentina’s national federation have said they are “open” to releasing their players for the third and final round of matches, which end on October 15.
This would avert the dispute earlier this month when Argentine coach Lionel Scaloni appeared to renege on an agreement to release players for the third game. His position changed again, allowing the four players to fly back early.