Saturday, 11 September 2021 11:47

Staff Reporter.

England-based players have been cleared to play for their clubs this weekend after complaints about their failure to report for international duty were dropped.

Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Paraguay had invoked a Fifa rule which would have meant players not released for the recent South American World Cup qualifiers were suspended from playing for five days.

But the countries have withdrawn their complaints, which would have stopped 12 players appearing this weekend.

All countries involved waived the bans after talks with football's world governing body Fifa.

Fifa said the decision was "a sign of good faith, goodwill and co-operation" and taken "based on positive signals and constructive dialogue Fifa has received from the UK government towards the international match window in October".

The world governing body added that, together with the Football Association and Premier League, it had been liaising with the UK government to avoid a repeat scenario when the next international window comes round in October.

"The UK government is now open to find a reasonable solution with the three organisations, who are working closely together in a spirit of mutual understanding, in the interests of everyone," it added.

Players travelling to red list countries in the most recent window would have had to miss several games on their return because of the 10-day isolation period required under UK rules.

Fifa president Gianni Infantino had called on the government to exempt players from the rules so they could report for international duty without affecting their domestic clubs.

However, that call was rejected.

Players cleared to play

  • Alisson, Fabinho, Roberto Firmino (Liverpool and Brazil)
  • Ederson and Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City and Brazil)
  • Thiago Silva (Chelsea and Brazil)
  • Raphinha (Leeds and Brazil)
  • Fred (Manchester United and Brazil)
  • Miguel Almiron (Newcastle and Paraguay)
  • Raul Jimenez (Wolves and Mexico)
  • Francisco Sierralta (Watford and Chile)
  • Ben Brereton (Blackburn and Chile)

All of the South American qualifiers took place in countries on the UK government's red Covid-19 travel list.

Premier League Weekend Fixtures:

Saturday, September 11:

Crystal Palace vs Tottenham – kick-off 12.30pm

Arsenal vs Norwich – kick-off 3pm

Brentford vs Brighton – kick-off 3pm

Leicester vs Man City – kick-off 3pm

Man Utd vs Newcastle – kick-off 3pm

Southampton vs West Ham – kick-off 3pm.

Watford vs Wolves – kick-off 3pm

Chelsea vs Aston Villa – kick-off 5.30pm

Sunday, September 12:

Leeds vs Liverpool – kick off 4.30pm

Monday September 13:

Everton vs Burnley – kick-off 8pm.

Anyone entering - or returning - to the UK from those countries has to quarantine for 10 days.

As a result, several players did not report for international duty, resulting in the affected South American national associations invoking the Fifa bans.