Edinson Cavani took to social media to denounce the Premier League’s decision to prevent players from traveling on international missions to the “red list” countries next month.
Premier League and La Liga clubs have confirmed that they will not release players who are due to travel to countries where they must be subject to mandatory quarantine upon their return to England or Spain. The decision applies to nearly 60 players from 19 top teams set to travel to the 26 countries on the red list, with Argentina and Brazil expected to be the worst affected.
Uruguay international Cavani is set to miss the World Cup triple qualification as his country falls into the “red list” category. The Manchester United star took to Instagram to express his displeasure with the decision, and captioned a picture of the Premier League statement with three question marks.
Cavani responds to Instagram regarding the ban on the red list of English Premier League players. It will be more than eight weeks since Cavani last played (for Uruguay), and he will likely have played at Wolverhampton on Sunday. Uruguay has three matches in six days in September #mufc pic.twitter.com/ry0NRhqlnf
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With Egypt and Brazil on the red list for trips to the UK, Liverpool players Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Alisson and Fabinho risk missing out on crucial Premier League matches in September if they go on an international assignment.
Manchester City have also taken the same position as Liverpool and will not allow Ederson and Gabriel Jesus to draw with Brazil. Leeds and Chelsea have players representing many South American countries.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino has urged the Premier League and La Liga to release players for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers. We have faced global issues together in the past and must continue to do so in the future. “The release of players in the upcoming international windows is very urgent and of great importance,” said Infantino.
“On the issue of quarantine restrictions in England, for players returning from the Red List countries, I wrote to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and asked for the necessary support, in particular, so that the players are not deprived of the opportunity to represent their country in qualifying matches for the World Cup.
“I suggested that an approach similar to that adopted by the British government for Euro 2020 be applied to the upcoming international matches. Together we have shown solidarity and unity in the fight against Covid-19. I am now urging everyone to ensure the release of international players for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.”
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