Premier League Clubs Refuse Release of Players For September International Fixtures In Red-List Countries

Premier League have announced that clubs will not release players for international matches played in red-list countries during September’s international fixture window.

Speaking on this announcement, Premier League Chief Executive, Richard Masters said: “Premier League clubs have always supported their players’ desires to represent their countries – this is a matter of pride for all concerned.
“However, clubs have reluctantly but rightly come to the conclusion that it would be entirely unreasonable to release players under these new circumstances.”

FIFA have refused to extend their temporary release exception rule which was in place last season for players who otherwise would of been required to quarantine on return from international duty.

Premier League bosses and English FA have both held talks with the UK Government in order to seek a solution, yet the Conservative Government have denied an exemption request due to ongoing fears over incoming travellers from red-list countries.

The decision of the UK Government consequently means that any players who go and play in red-list countries could miss up to four matches across three different competitions, as a result of having to quarantine for ten days on return in a hotel.

Masters went on to explain that “Quarantine requirements mean that players’ welfare and fitness will be significantly impacted”, if players were force to self-isolate in hotels on return but has iterated that clubs “remain open to workable solutions.”

Countries on the UK red list include Argentina, Brazil Egypt and South Africa amongst others meaning that players set to be affected if they were to go on international duty include, Emiliano Martinez, Gabriel Jesus, Mohamed Salah, Percy Tau plus more.

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