Manchester City & Liverpool among clubs to suffer wrath of Brazilian FA
Both Manchester City and Liverpool may thank their lucky stars this weekend after reports have surfaced detailing a potential lifeline for the Premier League pair after tensions with the Brazilian Football Association hit overdrive.
Eight players, including goalkeeping duo Ederson and Allison, were prohibited from traveling by their respective employers to take part in Brazil’s World Cup qualifiers during the current international break’ a decision that was not viewed fondly by president Coronel Nunes and the overall governing body.
Subsequently, the Premier League clubs in question were blocked from selecting the withheld players for the upcoming fixtures at the weekend at the request of the Brazilian FA which was to be enforced and upheld by FIFA.
This meant that, in Manchester City’s case, they would have to rely on 36-year-old Scott Carson to come into goal with the absence of Ederson as well as regular number two Zach Steffan being unavailable after testing positive for Covid-19. Gabriel Jesus and Fernandinho would also be unable to feature, while Liverpool would be stripped of the aforementioned Alisson, Fabinho, and Roberto Firmino. So too would Leeds United’s Raphinha, Manchester United’s Fred, and Chelsea’s Thiago Silva would all also be unavailable for the weekend as well as their respective midweek commitments in Europe.
Potential lifeline in the works
But there may be a glimmer of hope for all involved as the dust settles around the ever-growing contentious issue of international duty during the time of Covid. According to MailSport’s Mike Keegan, Premier League chief executive Richard Masters has opened a channel with the clubs involved in a bid to find common ground before the weekend, which could release all players from temporary exile.
#PL chief executive Richard Masters has written to Premier League clubs today to say a resolution could be reached over the 11 banned non-travelling players BEFORE this weekend’s games. This means #ManCity and Ederson/Gabriel Jesus could benefit.
[@MikeKeegan_DM / Exclusive]
— City Xtra (@City_Xtra) September 8, 2021
“However, Sportsmail can reveal that Premier League chief executive Richard Masters has today written to clubs and suggested a resolution is in sight. He says four national associations complained to FIFA and added that the top flight has been locked in talks with both the governing body, the government and the Football Association.
Masters believes the talks could potentially lead to a solution around player eligibility prior to this weekend’s matches’. A final decision is expected by tomorrow morning at the latest.” [exerpt from MailSport article]
As it stands, there has been no unified position taken by all twenty Premier League clubs regarding the release of Brazilian players given the tumultuous Covid-19 situation in the South American nation, but should all clubs find common ground and a united front, further issues down the line can be avoided entirely.