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FIFA Ban To Cause Premier League Chaos

September 06, 2021

- Grant Whittington

FIFA now have the option to place a 5 day ban on players that haven’t been let go in an international window after the window has closed. This blatant failure to release certain players from the World Cup Qualifiers could have disastrous consequences for the Premier League clubs directly affected by this decision.

There have been some complaints to FIFA over the last while from several of the Premier League Clubs. The first three associations to contact FIFA about this ruling were Chile, Mexico and Paraguay. There are rumours circulating that there are many more national associations gearing up to place complaints too.

Who Might Be Affected?

This decision will be affecting roughly 60 players from 19 Premier League clubs who are due to travel to 26 countries on the red-list in the September international window. The South American international windows had 2 days added to it recently for September and October.

La Liga should have stopped FIFA from allowing this ruling because of its serious consequences for later matches. The South American footballs governing body demanded the 2 day add on due to the accumulation of matches in their World Cup qualifier program. This ruling put many players in an impossible position, they won’t be able to be available for the Premier League matches on the 11th and 12th of September.

Some of the direct players who could be affected are Wolves Mexican striker Raul Jimenez, Newcastle’s Paraguay midfielder Miguel Almiron, Watford centre back Fransisco Sierralta and Blackburn Rover’s Ben Brereton.

Quarantine Pressure

Quarantine restrictions and rules have played a huge part in wreaking havoc in the player’s lives, travel, game schedules and attendance. There is massive pressure rising in an unexpected debate between club vs country. Clubs who don’t release players will face FIFA sanctions. This is causing a huge divide in the international footballing community and gets us thinking where everyone’s loyalties lie. Any of the players coming back from a red-list country have to go into a 10 day isolation period.

Due to this fact, the Premier League said they would not be able to release players if they were having to go into quarantine. Wolves, Watford and Newcastle were in favour of this decision. However, Aston Villa and Tottenham released two of their key players each who joined the Argentinian squad. Liverpool has refused to release 3 of their players to participate in 3 of Brazil’s upcoming matches too.

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