FIFA president Gianni Infantino has asked the Premier League and LaLiga to release their players for World Cup qualifiers.
The spanish premier league is the top-tier football league in Spain. The president of FIFA, Gianni Infantino, has asked for players to be released for the World Cup qualifiers.
If the Premier League refuses to release players for World Cup qualifiers next month, Brazil will lose the most players, including Alisson Becker and Roberto Firmino. Getty Images/Justin Setterfield photo
FIFA president Gianni Infantino stated on Wednesday that the English Premier League and Spanish LaLiga should release players for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers next month in order to “preserve and defend sports integrity.”
The English and Spanish top flight leagues said on Tuesday that they support clubs refusing to make players available for qualifiers in places where they would have to quarantine upon their return, especially in South America. On Wednesday, Serie A issued a statement stating that teams who do not release players would be supported.
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The Premier League has announced that almost 60 players will go to 26 nations on Britain’s “red list,” while LaLiga has said that 25 players from 13 different teams would be impacted, with more expected to come when Ecuador and Venezuela declare their rosters.
In a statement, Infantino said, “I am asking for a display of unity from every member organization, every league, and every club to do what is both just and fair for the global game.”
“Many of the world’s greatest players play in English and Spanish leagues, and we think these nations share responsibility for maintaining and protecting the sports integrity of contests throughout the globe.”
The Premier League said that no exception has been given by the government for football players due to England’s stringent quarantine laws, which would force players to quarantine for ten days upon arriving in the nation.
Infantino said that he had written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson for assistance.
“I have proposed that for the forthcoming international matches, a strategy similar to that chosen by the UK government for the final stages of Euro 2020 be applied,” Infantino said.
The Egyptian Football Association said on Monday that Liverpool had refused to allow Mohamed Salah to play. The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has asked leagues and the UK government to provide players an exemption.
“It should also be emphasized that the conditions in many of the African nations on the red list are in reality less severe than those in other countries not presently on the list or for which exemptions have already been granted,” CAF said in a statement.
Brazil would be the most impacted of the South American nations if the UK exception was not granted. Alisson Becker (Liverpool) and Ederson (Manchester City) are among their Premier League players, as are captain Thiago Silva (Chelsea), Fred (Manchester United), and Fabinho (Liverpool), as well as Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), and Richarlison (Liverpool) (Everton).
Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa) and midfielder Giovani Lo Celso are also expected to leave Argentina (Tottenham).
Yerry Mina (Everton) and Davinson Sanchez would be unavailable for Colombia (Tottenham).
Mexico would be without Raul Jimenez and Chile would be without Francisco Sierralta (Watford) (Wolves).
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