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Edinson Cavani Unhappy About World Cup Qualifiers

September 06, 2021

- Grant Whittington

Edinson Roberto Cavani Gómez has strong feelings about being unable to be present at the qualifying rounds. The well-known veteran striker for Premier League club Manchester United and the Uruguay national team has spoken up about missing out.

There is outrage and frustration rippling through the footballing community as many players are not able to fulfil their World Cup Qualifier commitments. Due to some players travelling to or from red-list countries and needing to spend 10 days in quarantine, they will be missing the qualifier matches. This has left many teams, players, investors, fans and coaches with a sour taste in their mouths. While some teams are supporting this decision, the overall consensus seems to be unhappiness surrounding this ruling.

What Cavani Had to Say

There are 3 rounds coming up in the World Cup Qualifiers, and Cavani says he feels sad and upset about having to miss these. There are some Premier League clubs that are insisting that their South American players stay away from the area due to protocols enforced by the British government.

Cavani had not made a public statement for a week after the announcement was made, on Thursday he then decided to speak to the Uruguayan soccer association's online TV channel. He said that he wanted to be honest and tell things as they were. He said that as players they are exposed to the decisions that get made in some of the leagues and tournaments, this was an impossible decision. He added that neither of the outcomes would have been favourable, travelling or not, both would be bad for the players.

Cavani also stated that he and his fellow team mates don’t get rich from playing for their national teams, but that they have a commitment to themselves and a moral duty to defend their countries. Lastly he added that they get rich by wearing the shirts of their national teams.

Other Teams Affected

The long term issues this could cause for many players and teams is huge, but right now there are a few other specific teams who are feeling the pressure of this situation.

There are plenty of England-based players who are not allowed to travel at all for the qualifiers. Brazil, Chile and Paraguay are some of the other national teams directly affected. It seems that the Argentinian national team brought 4 players over from Tottenham and Aston Villa.

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