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Brazilian Premier League stars face possible five-day ban


London (AFP) – Liverpool and Manchester City are among Premier League clubs who could be deprived of Brazilian internationals this weekend after they refused to release players for international duty over strict coronavirus rules.

The Brazilian football association (CBF) confirmed to AFP it had asked global governing body FIFA to invoke regulations that bar players for five days after an international break if they are not released by their clubs.

Liverpool trio Alisson Becker, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino, Manchester City’s Ederson and Gabriel Jesus, Fred of Manchester United, Chelsea defender Thiago Silva and Leeds midfielder Raphinha look set to miss out this weekend if the clubs comply.

Fred and Thiago Silva could also be absent for Champions League matches next week.

The CBF has not requested a ban for Everton forward Richarlison after he was allowed to represent Brazil at the Tokyo Olympics, where they won the gold medal.

Premier League clubs announced last month they would not release players for internationals in countries on Britain’s red list for travel restrictions aimed to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Despite lobbying from FIFA, no exemption was offered by the UK government for players involved, meaning they would have been forced to quarantine in a government-sanctioned hotel for 10 days on their return to Britain.

Aston Villa and Tottenham relented to allow Argentina internationals Emiliano Martinez, Emiliano Buendia, Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso to travel.

However, their presence led to the halting of a World Cup qualifier with Brazil in Sao Paulo in chaotic circumstances.

Brazilian health officials stormed onto the pitch after saying the four players should be placed into immediate quarantine for breaching Covid-19 protocols.

The four players were accused of failing to disclose that they had spent time in Britain, with arrivals from the country subject to strict quarantine measures.

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5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Ra

    September 9, 2021 at 8:37 pm

    Unfortunately we all live in glass houses now.

  2. Ra

    September 9, 2021 at 8:34 pm

    @Roberto Unlike how the pandemic was perfectly handled in the US and UK, correct?
    Bolsonaro is the most stupid president, but he was trying to perform as ‘well’ as his idol, the orange you-know-who.
    He was just trying a coup this week, his own version of the capitol invasion, but he did not get that far.

  3. Roberto

    September 9, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    Kate does not need a geography lesson. What she said about Brazil’s negligent handling of the pandemic has caused too many deaths and puts any footballers that play there in danger.

  4. Ra

    September 8, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    @Kate You should not have skipped so many geography classes. Covid travel restrictions are way more complex than you infere here. There are bans on both UK and Brazil applicable in many countries. Here is current info from gov.uk:

    Entry to USA
    It is not possible for most British nationals to enter the USA if they have been in the UK, Ireland, Schengen zone, Iran, Brazil, China, South Africa or India within the previous 14 days.

  5. Kate

    September 8, 2021 at 8:35 pm

    Brazil can’t have it both ways. They removed the Premiere League players who were allowed to travel to play and now want to stop the players who didn’t travel from playing for the teams they are contracted to play for. All of this would have been avoided if Brazil would stop acting like COVID-19 doesn’t exist, test, and vaccinate it’s citizens, and get off the world’s travel ban lists.

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