Brazilian players who did not travel to their respective countries for international duty will be suspended from this weekend’s Premier League activity.
Teams in the Premier League have prohibited their players from going on international duty due to concerns about the amount of playing time they would miss due to quarantine regulations.
However, the Brazilian FA has triggered a FIFA rule that prevents the affected players from playing between September 10 and 14. Over the weekend, Ederson, Alisson, and Fabinho are among the players who will be unavailable for selection.
Liverpool is one of the hardest hit teams, and Leeds United will be without their star player, Raphinha.
Chelsea and Manchester United will be without players for their Premier League matches this weekend and their Champions League matches on Tuesday evening as a result of this. Manchester City, on the other hand, will be able to bring back Ederson and Gabriel Jesus for Wednesday’s match against RB Leipzig.
What happens next?
If Premier League clubs choose to play with ineligible players, the match might be forfeited 3-0 under Article 22 of FIFA’s disciplinary rules. If both teams deploy ineligible players, it’s uncertain what will happen in the Leeds Liverpool match.
Fabinho and Alisson will be unavailable for Liverpool, while Chelsea will be without Thiago Silva and Leeds will be without their star winger Raphinha. City will be without Ederson and Gabriel Jesus, while Fred will be unable to play at the base of the Red Devils’ midfield.
Everton, on the other hand, will be entitled to choose Richarlison after Brazil relinquished their right to have him suspended. According to The Times, the Brazilian FA authorized Everton’s release for international service at the Olympics this summer.
The decision has put Pep Guardiola in an interesting situation. With Ederson out of the picture and second-choice goalkeeper Zack Steffen testing positive for Covid-19 while on international duty with the US national team, the team is looking for a new goalkeeper. As a result, Guardiola may be compelled to start Scott Carson against Leicester City in the Premier League.
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