Premier League clubs received permission to field their Brazilian players this weekend after the Brazilian association dropped its demands on FIFA to enforce rules regarding their no-shows.
Brazil and Chile, along with Paraguay and Mexico, have agreed to lift the rule that bans players from playing for five days if they fail to show up for international appearances after the ridiculous decision was rejected.
The Premier League clubs made a collective decision not to release players if that meant they would travel to Red List countries as they would be quarantined for 10 days on their return.
Premier League bosses reacted angrily to the situation that unfolded on Friday as they weren’t sure they’d be able to use some of their biggest names in the weekend’s games.
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Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who lost Saturday’s game to Newcastle midfielder Fred, called it a “farce” and “a lose, lose, lose situation for everyone – national teams, players, clubs”.
Manchester City coach pep Guardiola, who could have done without Gabriel Jesus and goalkeeper Ederson for their game in Leicester, and Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel, who would miss Thiago Silva against Aston Villa, confirmed Solskjaer’s views.
Guardiola described the situation that came after Brazil’s clash with Argentina, after health officials invaded the field, as “insane”.
Tuchel added: “It doesn’t make sense which side you look at it from. Does it make sense for Brazil? Does that make sense for us? No. “
Liverpool could have done without Alisson and Fabinho against Leeds, who were missing against Raphinha. However, Everton expected to use Richarlison as the Brazilian federation had not specifically complained about his absence.
Paraguay and Mexico are said to have withdrawn similar complaints, releasing Wolves striker Raul Jimenez and Newcastle midfielder Miguel Almiron.
The Football Association and Premier League are believed to be already working closely with FIFA to work with the UK government on a solution to Red List quarantine restrictions pending a similar situation in the international window in October.
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce warned: “It is what it is, but this time it was even more difficult, especially as the South Americans involved are going to countries that are on the red list.
“Maybe next time the government has to intervene.”
Ironically, the Argentine players who traveled to the abandoned game will not be able to play as Aston Villa’s Emi Martinez and Emi Buendia and Tottenham’s Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso will be quarantined in Croatia.
“It was a no-win situation all round,” said Villa boss Dean Smith. “Each club had to find the best solution for itself. We were between a rock and a hard place.