Club vs country: Premier League locked in battle with FIFA over 5-day player bans

September 9 – In the escalating club versus country row, Premier League clubs remain hopeful of selecting Brazilians for this weekend’s matches, despite a FIFA ban. 

Following Mexico, Paraguay and Chile, the Confederation of Brazilian Football (CBF) escalated the growing divide between the South American FAs and global governing body FIFA, and the Premier League clubs, demanding FIFA impose a five-day ban for players that were not allowed to feature for the national team during the international window.

The rule would affect Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Leeds, with the CBF asking an exemption for Everton’s Richarlison on the basis of the good relationship between the two parties after the Merseyside club released the player for both the Copa America and the Olympic Games earlier this summer.

The CBF’s stance was prompted by anger over the clubs’ refusal to release players because they would have to quarantine upon their return from a red-zone country.

Wolves and Mexico forward Raul Jimenez; Newcastle’s Paraguay midfielder Miguel Almiron and Watford’s Chile defender Francisco Sierralta are also affected.

Officials are reportedly in talks with FIFA to try to find a resolution. Premier League chief executive Richard Masters has also written to clubs to say he is trying to find a solution.

Neither FIFA or the affected clubs have made any official comment on the situation.

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