FIFA has allowed players called up by Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Paraguay during the international break to play in the Premier League this weekend.
On Wednesday it was revealed that FIFA had invoked Article 5 to prevent Premier League clubs from selecting players they refused to release in the final round of international matches, at the request of the Brazilian Football Confederation.
The request came after Premier League clubs unanimously agreed last month not to release players for international matches in countries on the UK government’s red list.
However, after extensive discussions with FIFA, the FA and the Premier League, the federations of Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Paraguay agreed to waive the automatic five-day restriction they had the option to impose.
The decision was made on Friday night, just over 12 hours before the weekend’s games kicked off.
A statement issued by FIFA read as follows: “Based on the positive signals and constructive dialogue that FIFA received from the UK government towards the international matches window in October, recognizing that players have no control over the dire situation caused for the COVID-19 pandemic. and the sanitary restrictions currently in force.
“As a show of goodwill, goodwill and cooperation, the member associations of Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Paraguay, in close consultation with FIFA, have made the decision to withdraw their complaints about players residing in England and players committed to playing. in England, they have not been released for recent international matches.
“On 8 September 2021, the President of FIFA, the Acting President of the FA and the Premier League sent a joint letter to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. The Government of the United Kingdom is now open to finding a reasonable solution with the three organizations, working closely together in a spirit of mutual understanding for the benefit of all ”.
The ruling means Liverpool will have Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino to pick against Leeds on Sunday, live on Sky Sports.
Manchester City duo Ederson and Gabriel Jesus will be able to play Leicester on Saturday, Chelsea will have Thiago Silva, Manchester United may summon Fred and Leeds may include Ravenna, who missed their international debut.
The referee could have banned the players from competing in Tuesday’s Champions League matches.
On Friday, during pre-game press conferences, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola expressed their dissatisfaction with the situation.
Klopp said: “It is a really difficult and really complicated situation for all the clubs, and the players in particular.
“We must not forget at this time that the players wanted to play these games, the clubs wanted to let the players go but that was not possible.”
High-level English clubs did not want players to travel due to the quarantine restrictions they would have faced upon their return to the UK which could have kept them out for 10 days.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has suggested that if the problem reoccurs in future international breaks, FIFA should consider changing match venues to avoid quarantine.
“Personally, I think it could be a solution, maybe moving games from the red list to the green countries,” Tuchel said. “As we did with the Champions League.”
The Everton forward Richarlison is prepared to avoid a five-day ban, as the Brazilian Football Confederation views his situation differently after his participation in the Olympics.
Everton had no obligation to allow the forward to play in the Tokyo Olympics after participating in the America’s Cup just two weeks ago, but they have taken a broader vision of keeping the player and his bonding happy.
Wolverhampton and Mexican forward Raúl Jiménez, Paraguay midfielder Miguel Almiron of Newcastle and Watford’s Francisco Seralta of Chile are free to play this weekend.