Members of the European Club Association (ECA) should prevent their players from going to ‘red list’ countries during the international break in September, unless quarantine exemptions can be granted, the Premier League currently in talks with the Ministry of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
Argentina, Brazil and Egypt are currently among the countries currently on the UK government’s “red” list for travel to England, meaning that a 10-day hotel isolation period would be necessary before players can return to their clubs.
This would mean Mohamed Salah will not be able to play in the Egyptian World Cup qualifiers in Cairo against Angola on September 2, although the forward would be free to move to play in Gabon three days later.
Unless quarantine issues are addressed, a host of other Premier League players may not be available for international matches next month, as will PSG stars Lionel Messi and Neymar.
Return to England of the countries of the “red list”
The government says those returning to England from a country on their “red” list must self-quarantine for a full 10 days in a managed quarantine hotel and take a coronavirus test no later than day 2 and day 8 or after quarantine.
Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Turkey and Uruguay are among the other nations on the government’s “red” list.
Brazil host Argentina in a World Cup qualifier at the Maracana on September 5, and the current reluctance of the ECA could exclude several players from this and many other matches in South America.
Eight Premier League players have been named to Brazil’s next squad, with Liverpool trio Alisson Becker, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino joined by Ederson and Gabriel Jesus (both at Manchester City), Thiago Silva (Chelsea), Fred (Manchester United), Richarlison (Everton), Raphinha (Leeds United).
Aston Villa and Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, who started in the 1-0 Copa America final win over Brazil last month, are also reportedly barred from making their country’s qualifiers.
Paris Saint-Germain are also members of the ECA, which means that Messi, Neymar, as well as Marquinhos and Angel Di Maria could also be missing with Argentina and Brazil among the nations of France’s “red” list. – the French government also operates a traffic light system for traveling.
Despite discussions between the Premier League and DCMS, it is understood that no agreement has been reached on exemptions for players.
Sky Sports News understands that the Premier League and the FA, along with other members of the ECA, are hoping to find a solution, with clubs being ready to release players if quarantine rules are lifted. Sky Sports News have contacted ECA and FIFA for comment.
Earlier this year, FIFA announced that the exemption allowing clubs not to release players for international duty would end, meaning Premier League clubs could face penalties if they prevent players from being released. to join their national teams.
The government denied exemptions to British and Irish Lions players upon their return from South Africa earlier this month.
It is not yet known whether Barcelona, ââJuventus and Real Madrid, who have not retained their ECA membership following the fallout from the European Super League, will allow their players to travel.