Soccer-Brazil expects deal with Premier League clubs to release players

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Brazil coach Tite on Friday called eight England-based players for the October World Cup qualifiers in hopes that a deal will be reached with the Premier League to release them for a transatlantic trip. Liverpool’s pair Alisson and Fabinho, Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus and Ederson, Tottenham Hotspur’s Emerson Royal, Chelsea’s Thiago Silva, Manchester United’s Fred and Leeds United’s Raphinha have been included in the Brazil squad for the matches against Venezuela. , Colombia and Uruguay.

Brazil is on England’s COVID-19 red list, which means visitors must self-quarantine for 14 days after returning from South America. Those arriving in Brazil from England are also required to self-quarantine for two weeks. Friday’s announcement comes just weeks after Brazil were forced to put their England-based player aside for the September qualifiers after Premier League clubs refused to release them as they are expected to be quarantined in their return.

The Brazil v Argentina game was ridiculously interrupted just five minutes after kick-off when Brazilian health officials entered the pitch to prevent Argentina’s England-based players from playing because they had failed. completed the required quarantine upon arrival in Sao Paulo. The match has been abandoned and FIFA has yet to decide when or even if it will be replayed.

Juninho Paulista, the national team coordinator, gave no details but said all eight Premier League players were included as they believed a deal would be reached next week. “We have had a lot of positive meetings with FIFA, the Premier League and the UK government, and we hope there will be a positive solution next week,” he said.

“That’s why we called them. The Brazilian soccer federation will have to make a separate agreement with the country’s health authority to exempt England-based players from quarantine upon arrival.

Confusion over who will be allowed to travel has left coaches in the dark. “I don’t know (if there is a deal),” Man City coach Pep Guardiola said on Friday. “I don’t know what’s going to happen, the pandemic is still here.”

“I hope the authorities in Brazil and here have a perfect solution for both sides. They have to sit down and find a solution for the players, clubs and federations.” Brazil will face Venezuela in Caracas on October 7, then travel to Barranquilla to face Colombia on October 10 before closing their three home games against Uruguay on October 14.

Brazil have won their eight qualifying matches so far and are six points ahead of Argentina at the top of the South American qualifying group for Qatar 2022. The top four teams automatically advance and the fifth team advance. for an interregional dam.

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