Premier League players from Brazil, Mexico, Chile and Paraguay have been cleared to feature for their clubs this weekend.
Central and South American players who were not allowed to feature for their homeland for the World Cup qualifiers by their Premier League teams will be available this weekend after their countries backed down from a request to ban them under FIFA rules.
Players from Brazil, Mexico, Chile and Paraguay are cleared to play as their national federations agreed late Friday to put up a measure that would have made the players sit out for this weekend and European matches, after their clubs refused to release them for international duty.
Nations on the United Kingdom’s COVID-19 “red list” were prevented from Premier League players to travel to, to participate in Qatar 2022 qualifiers, citing the UK’s requirement that people who have travelled to those countries quarantine for 10 days upon their return.
Earlier Friday, speculations were on going that the players might be available, but it wasn’t official until shortly before midnight London time.
Brazil players that are now available to their clubs this Saturday include Ederson and Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City, Chelsea’s Thiago Silva and Manchester United’s Fred.
Players from other nations include Wolves and Mexico’s Raul Jimenez on Saturday, while Newcastle will have Paraguay’s Miguel Almiron available, and Watford can play Chile’s Francisco Sierralta
Liverpool will have in their hands, Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino cleared to face Raphina and Leeds on Sunday.
In a press conference, Jurgen Klopp said that he hoped a solution could be reached for the benefit of all parties involved.
“It is a really difficult situation and really tricky for all the clubs, and the players especially,” Klopp said. “We should not forget at this moment that the players wanted to play these games, the clubs wanted to let the players go but it was not possible.”
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