BRAZIL have DEMANDED Prem clubs release players selected for this week’s World cup qualifiers – despite top flight chiefs insisting they will not let them go.
Club bosses agreed ‘unanimously’ last week they would NOT be releasing players to travel to ‘red list’ countries – including South America and large areas of Africa – because of Covid quarantine regulations.
Four Argentina internationals have left England to play for their countryCredit: Instagram @cutiromero2
And now Brazil want their Premier League stars for the upcoming fixturesCredit: AP:Associated Press
The laws would require all players returning from affected nations to undergo strict hotel quarantine periods for ten days after their return.
But four Argentine stars flew to Buenos Aires on Sunday evening, posting pictures on Instagram of them together on board a flight.
Those players were Aston Villa’s Emi Martinez and Emi Buendia and Tottenham pair Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso.
Argentina are due to play in Venezuela in the early hours of Friday morning (UK time) before travelling to Sao Paulo to play Brazil on Sunday.
The newly crowned Copa America champions also have a home game against Bolivia on Thursday.
And Brazilian FA chiefs are using their game against Argentina as a wedge to force the six Prem sides with selected players to let their stars go.
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The Premier League announced on August 24 they would NOT allow internationals from red-list countries to travel during the upcoming break.
Prem CEO Richard Masters said: “Premier League clubs have always supported their players’ desires to represent their countries – this is a matter of pride for all concerned.
“However, clubs have reluctantly but rightly come to the conclusion that it would be entirely unreasonable to release players under these new circumstances.
“Quarantine requirements mean that players’ welfare and fitness will be significantly impacted.
“We understand the challenges that exist in the international match calendar and remain open to workable solutions.”
Several stars have revealed their disappointment with the decision, including Liverpool and Brazil hero Alisson Becker.
The 28-year-old told Sky Sports: “Honestly, I feel bad because I want to play for my national team. I want to play for Liverpool.
“I don’t want to get punished to make a decision but from what I know it’s not even a decision. We cannot choose too much in this moment.”
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