FIFA surprise u-turn clears 11 Premier League stars to play – Incl Manchester United and Newcastle United
Manchester United and Newcastle United face each other this afternoon and they will have a ‘bonus’ player each in their squads.
Only hours before kick-off at Old Trafford, FIFA releasing a statement (see below) that allows Fred and Miguel Almiron to play in the game.
Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Paraguay ‘in consultation’ with FIFA have withdrawn their objections to those Premier League players playing for their clubs in these next few days, players who had been prevented from travelling for international matches this past fortnight by the clubs.
As well as the Newcastle United and Manchester United stars, nine other Premier League players no cleared to play this weekend as well.
Alisson, Fabinho, Roberto Firmino (Liverpool and Brazil)
Ederson, 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)
The compromise appears to have been reached on the understanding that when it comes to the international windows in October and November, by then the South American Premier League players will be able to go and play for their countries AND then be ok as well to plat for their clubs afterwards.
The FIFA statement, released on Saturday morning, reads:
“Based on positive signals and constructive dialogue FIFA has received from the UK government towards the international match window in October, recognising that players have no control over the extreme situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and sanitary restrictions currently imposed and, as a sign of good faith, goodwill and cooperation, the member associations of Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Paraguay, in close consultation with FIFA, have taken the decision to withdraw their complaints in relation to the England-based players, and players bound to play in England, who were not released for the recent international matches.
“On 8 September 2021, the FIFA President, The FA Interim Chair and Premier League Chair sent a joint letter to the UK Prime Minister.
“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.”
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