An update on the story which broke on Tuesday evening concerning Premier League Brazilian stars called up for international duty this month has emerged on Wednesday afternoon.
Premier League refuse to release stars
As already covered, ahead of the current international break, the Premier League announced that the competition’s clubs had decided not to release players for international matches that are played in red-list countries:
Premier League clubs have today reluctantly but unanimously decided not to release players for international matches played in red-list countries next month
Full statement: https://t.co/JBl6FuzUNC pic.twitter.com/EJiZaODub1
— Premier League (@premierleague) August 24, 2021
This saw Brazil unable to use Liverpool trio Alisson, Fabinho, and Roberto Firmino, Manchester City’s Ederson and Gabriel Jesus, Chelsea defender Thiago Silva, Manchester United’s Fred, Leeds forward Raphinha, and Everton striker Richarlison depsite them all being called up orignally.
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Premier League’s Brazil stars banned
Due to the Premier League clubs refusing to release these players, it was reported by BBC Sport that FIFA can ban players not released in an international window for a period of five days after the window ends.
And, on Wednesday afternoon, the Brazilian FA are doing exactly that for the majority of the above Premier League clubs.
As per The Times:
English clubs, including Liverpool and Manchester City, have been informed by Fifa that they will be unable to select their Brazilian players for a five-day period or risk possible sanctions.
The Brazilian Football Association asked world football’s governing body to enforce rules preventing eight players from five clubs from playing, which will impact this weekend’s Premier League fixtures and the Champions League.
The ban will see Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United and Leeds without their aforementioned Brazilian stars from September 10th to the 14th
Five PL clubs set to be without Brazilian players between September 10-14 – Everton can select Richarlison due to good relations with the Brazilian FA.https://t.co/KpTDhXp65R
— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) September 8, 2021
And as Chelsea and Man United have league games at the weekend and Champions League ties on Tuesday the 14th, they will be without Fred and Thiago Silva for both games.
Everton are the only club mentioned above not seeing their Brazilian star, Richardson, banned, as the Brazilian authorities waived their right to invoke to rule due to the forward being released for the Olympics this summer:
Brazilian authorities accept Everton released Richarlison for Olympic duty this summer and waived their right to invoke the rule. To underline, the rule exists – it is the right of any individual country to trigger it. Affects 8 PL clubs this weekend now. Possibly more to come.
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) September 8, 2021