Premier League teams are firmly in line with Brazil over releasing players to red-listed countries – with nine players from six clubs told NOT to travel to South America despite top-level FIFA sanctions
- Six Premier League clubs have ordered their Brazilian players not to travel
- Nine Brazilian players have been selected for World Cup qualifiers in South America
- But they have been told not to travel due to the strict 10-day quarantine
- The Brazilian Football Federation is expected to file a complaint with FIFA, which can invoke a five-day suspension
Premier League clubs are firmly in line with Brazil over releasing players for international service in red-list countries – despite the threat of FIFA sanctions.
They have vowed not to change their stance and have instructed players not to travel to South America so as not to be banned from club competitions later this month.
Nine Brazilian players from six clubs – Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Everton and Leeds – were selected for this month’s World Cup qualifiers in South America but were told not to travel due to the strict 10-day quarantine on their return.
Premier League clubs are firmly in line with Brazil over player release
It was part of a 19-club Premier League pact, which was undermined when Aston Villa signed a deal for Argentina’s Emi Martinez and Emi Buendia to play in the first two of the three qualifiers.
Tottenham’s Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero have also gone to Argentina, who will be at full strength on Sunday against an exhausted Brazil.
The Brazilian FA is expected to file a complaint with FIFA, which can demand a five-day suspension and which will rule nine players from one Premier League game immediately after the break.
Spanish clubs went to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in a failed attempt to block the release of players, giving FIFA confidence they will win a dispute with English teams.
Manchester City couple Ederson (L) and Gabriel Jesus (R) have been told not to travel
Still, clubs will see a five-day suspension as the less disruptive of the two options.
Those who travel to a red-listed country and undergo 10 days of quarantine miss important training and preparation work and competitive matches.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel said Thiago Silva could miss five games if he played for Brazil.