The Brazilian Football Association has asked FIFA to step in and enforce sanctions for this weekend. The sanctions from FIFA would heavily impact the English Premier League. The players banned are eight from Brazil who play in England.
What Started This?
This comes from the Premier League refusing to release players to international duty if the country was on the “red list”. The list includes countries Brazil, Argentina, and Peru. The red list refers to recent Covid-19 surges.
The league’s reason was to avoid the required 10 day quarantine upon the player’s returns. Unfortunately, teams would play up to two games without some starters.
The Brazilian FA is now backfiring, asking FIFA to enforce certain restrictions on those players, resulting in a 5-day ban. The imposed ban could start September 10th. The affected players would miss PL matches this weekend, and Champions League matches next week.
Previously on Sunday, the match between Brazil and Argentina was suspended after health officials walked out onto the pitch. There were arguments that four Argentina platers did not properly quarantine upon arrival. The four players are Premier League players as well.
What Premier League Players or Clubs Are Sanctioned?
The affected players are Manchester United’s Fred, Manchester City’s Ederson and Gabriel Jesus, Chelsea’s Thiago Silva, Leeds’s Raphinha, and Liverpool’s Alisson, Roberto Firmino, and Fabinho. Nevertheless, all the players listed play important roles in their respective starting 11’s.
The team affected most would be Manchester City. City would have to turn to third choice goalkeeper Scott Carson. This would surprisingly be the goalkeeper’s first start in two years. Carson has made only one senior appearance with City since 2019.
The Premier League clubs could ignore the restrictions, which would therefore result in a forfeited match. This is under FIFA’s Disciplinary Code. Undoubtedly, this forces the affected teams to play reserve-team players for 1-2 games.
FIFA Talks With Premier League
In the meantime, The Brazilian FA, the Premier League, and FIFA, are in talks to reach agreements before September 10th. The eight players and their clubs would not want them to miss club competitions and Champions League fixtures.
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