Silva, Ederson, Alisson, Five Others Barred From Weekend Games As FIFA Activates Covid-19 Rules


Eight Brazil players are set to be missing from Premier League games at the weekend after the Brazilian federation invoked a FIFA rule that will temporarily suspend them.

Liverpool trio, Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino, Manchester City pair Ederson and Gabriel Jesus, Chelsea’s Thiago Silva, Manchester United’s Fred and Leeds’ Raphinha were the eight Brazilian players called up for international duty with the Selecao.

But their respective clubs all blocked them from travelling, which is against FIFA’s rules, which obligates clubs to release any player called up for international duty.

The ruling made on Wednesday, September 8 by FIFA comes after the Brazilian FA pressured FIFA to invoke this rule on all Brazilian players playing in the Premier League as all the English clubs unanimously agreed not to send their players to a ‘red-list nation’ citing risk of contracting Covid-19 plus the amount of time it’ll take for the players to quarantine upon arrival from International duty.

With this action, the Brazilian FA have risked the wrath of the English clubs by imposing a ‘five-day restriction’ on the players they called up for their World Cup qualifiers this week.

The news means Liverpool are set to be without Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino for their clash at Leeds on Sunday, while Raphinha will be missing for the home side.

Man City will be without Gabriel Jesus and goalkeeper Ederson while Manchester United will be without Fred.

Interestingly, Everton are allowed to select Richarlison for their next game as the club has good relations with the Brazilian FA.

This follows Brazilian health officials rushing the pitch during Brazil’s World Cup qualifier against Argentina in an attempt to detain Argentines Emiliano Martinez, Cristian Romero, Giovani Lo Celso and Emiliano Buendia, who were accused of failing to abide by the country’s quarantine rules following their arrival from England. The match was eventually suspended.

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