FIFA has approached Premier League clubs to deliver players for international obligation during the September window and is seeking a solution with the British government to help.
The Premier League delivered an articulation on Tuesday affirming its clubs would not deliver players in case they were playing in red-list nations and needed to isolate for 10 days on a return, with La Liga taking action accordingly.
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South America has three qualifiers planned for September and with Fred set to address Brazil and Edinson Cavani prone to be called up by Uruguay, Manchester United would have confronted the two players returning late in the international window and afterward isolating for 10 days.
However, FIFA is still seeking a compromise and as well as urging leagues to rethink president Gianni Infantino has written to Prime Ministers Boris Johnson to try and negotiate a solution that would see players not required to quarantine on their return.
“We have faced global problems together in the past and must continue to do so in the future. The release of players in the upcoming international windows is a matter of great urgency and importance,” said Infantino.
“I am grateful for the support and cooperation from many stakeholders in the game during this challenging period. I am calling on a show of solidarity from every member association, every league, and every club, to do what is both right and fair for the global game.
“Many of the best players in the world compete in leagues in England and Spain, and we believe these countries also share the responsibility to preserve and protect the sporting integrity of competitions around the world.
“On the issue of quarantine restrictions in England, for players returning from red-list countries, I have written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and appealed for the necessary support, in particular, so players are not deprived of the opportunity of representing their countries in qualifying matches for the FIFA World Cup, which is one of the ultimate honours for a professional footballer.
“I have suggested that an approach similar to that adopted by the UK government for the final stages of the EURO 2020 be implemented for the upcoming international matches. Together we have shown solidarity and unity in the fight against COVID-19.
“Now, I am urging everyone to ensure the release of international players for the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers.”
Source: Manchester Evening
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