Premier League clubs cleared to play Brazil stars in 11th-hour FIFA turnaround
Premier League clubs were last night handed a major boost for this weekend’s action with key players cleared to play after a row with South American and Central American countries was resolved at the 11th hour.
Liverpool and Manchester City were among a number of clubs set to be without top names this weekend.
That was after the Brazil FA and their counterparts in Chile, Paraguay and Mexico backed down over the row.
They wanted the players who did not travel for international duty banned for five days as per FIFA rules.
Premier League clubs refused to release players who would be travelling to red list countries.
That was because they would not be exempt from a 10-day hotel quarantine on their return.
But Brazil and Co were angered they couldn’t have the likes of Alisson, Fabinho, Ederson and Gabriel Jesus so they retaliated.
But Premier League chiefs were involved in talks for the last 48 hours with the FAs and the UK government to solve the problem.
An agreement to waive the ban was made late on Friday night.
Talks will continue with the UK government ahead of October’s internationals to avoid a repeat of the situation.
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Reports say the Brazil FA and their counterparts in Chile, Paraguay and Mexico have backed down after the row.
The associations have all agreed to waive their automatic five-day restriction, freeing a host of top-flight players to return to action this weekend.
Speaking about the issue on Friday before a resolution was found, City boss Pep Guardiola said: “Right now, I’m thinking they’ll play.
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“This afternoon they're going to travel and be ready to play tomorrow. Maybe tonight or tomorrow we'll have a letter from FIFA or the Premier League.
“I’d prefer to know, but the most important thing is that the clubs cannot do anything. We never said don’t go to play for the national teams. If they travel, they cannot play.
“And if they stay here, they're banned. So what do you do? If they go, it’s 10 days' isolation in a hotel. If they don’t go, it’s five days they can't play. It's crazy."
Reuters claimed FIFA, the FA and Premier League were working together in a bid to find a solution with the UK govt over travel restrictions in the October international window.
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