Tuesday, October 19 2021
Alisson dives for the ball in training - LIVERPOOL FC

Alisson dives for the ball in training – LIVERPOOL FC

Premier League clubs have been cleared to play their South American players at the 11th hour after the nations involved waived a ban amid assurances over the next international window.

Brazil joined Chile, Mexico and Paraguay in withdrawing demands following 24 hours of high level talks between Fifa, associations, clubs and governments.

Telegraph Sport had disclosed on Wednesday how British ministers were playing a key role in easing red-list quarantine restrictions ahead of the October international window.

A breakthrough led by Fifa, Premier League and the Football Association came after senior football figures elsewhere advised Liverpool, Chelsea, the Manchester clubs and Leeds United to consider to reach a mutual agreement to ignore the international orders that players are ineligible.

However, to ward off a fresh club-versus-country row, Government assurances around the October window appear to have played a key part in easing the angst of South American countries.

After three days of previous deliberations by the clubs over how to respond to the ban, Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had expressed their dismay at the uncertainty earlier on Friday.

“I think it’s a lose, lose, lose situation,” the Manchester United manager, who would be deprived of Fred. “National teams, players, clubs, it’s been a farce, really.”

City boss Guardiola, who would lose goalkeeper Ederson and Gabriel Jesus, added that the saga that led to clubs being effectively punished for the Government’s red-list travel arrangements was “crazy”.

Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City celebrates with teammate Jack Grealish - Getty ImagesGabriel Jesus of Manchester City celebrates with teammate Jack Grealish - Getty Images

Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City celebrates with teammate Jack Grealish – Getty Images

An update was expected from Fifa late on Friday, with insiders increasingly confident that the teams will get the official green light, which would avoid the need to arrange an agreement between themselves.

Of the 11 who were due to miss out on action this weekend, Miguel Almiron, of Newcastle and Paraguay, and Raul Jimenez, Wolves and Mexico, were given the initial all-clear after letters were withdrawn by the two South American nations.

However, Klopp said on Friday that he remained completely in the dark over whether Alisson and Fabinho could face Leeds in the Premier League on Sunday. Klopp said: “I can say what I know: I don’t know in the moment. We will see, there are meetings going on.”

Chelsea defender Thiago Silva was also at risk of being prevented from playing in the Champions League on Tuesday.

The Telegraph disclosed on Wednesday how the Government has become involved in trying to ease the diplomatic spat following farcical scenes on Sunday when Brazilian health officials ordered Argentina players off the pitch.

Potential solutions to ensure clubs will release players in the next window have been drawn up by senior Whitehall figures and were under consideration by Public Health England.

Brazil and the other nations had enacted the five-day ban on eligibility in response to a Premier League pact to refuse to release players to red-list countries. Clubs initially felt they had no choice but to follow the Fifa rule as they would be effectively fielding ineligible players if they chose to ignore the governing body.

Source: Yahoo Sports


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