CBF asks for covid exemptions to release Premier League players for 2022 qualifiers

September 27 – Brazil’s FA (CBF) has requested quarantine exemptions from its government so that English-based players can take part in an upcoming World Cup qualifying match and avoid the farcical incident that occurred earlier this month.

In unprecedented scenes, Brazilian health officials stormed the pitch to interrupt the showdown with Argentina, forcing the game to be postponed after just seven minutes because of the appearance of Argentina’s English Premier League players.

Britain and Brazil are on each other’s red lists for Covid 19, meaning anyone arriving from the United Kingdom technically has to quarantine for 14 days.

Brazil is about to play three more qualifiers, including at home to Uruguay, and have called up Alisson and Fabinho from Liverpool, Ederson and Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City, Emerson Royal of Tottenham Hotspur, Thiago Silva from Chelsea, Manchester United midfielder Fred and Raphinha from Leeds.

FIFA wants the British government to ease its own quarantine requirements for players in time for the October qualifiers. English clubs collectively agreed not to release players to countries on the government’s coronavirus “red list” for September’s internationals, which included Brazil.

FIFA has still to decide the fate of Brazil’s suspended clash with Argentina. The game was stopped due to four Argentina players – England-based players Emiliano Martinez, Emiliano Buendia, Giovanni Lo Celso, and Cristian Romero – allegedly breaching coronavirus protocols.

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