Players are restricted to travel to countries on the United Kingdom’s red list for their scheduled match by Premier League. EPL clubs have “reluctantly and unanimously” agreed not to release players for upcoming international football matches in countries on the United Kingdom’s “red list.”
This week, international managers have been naming their squads for the upcoming September fixtures, but Premier League clubs have stepped in due to the coronavirus pandemic causing global upheaval. With Brazil, Argentina, and the rest of South America on the UK’s ban list, Liverpool was expected to bar Alisson, Roberto Firmino, and Fabinho from leaving, while Manchester City was reported to bar Ederson and Gabriel Jesus from leaving as well on Tuesday.
With the full support of the Premier League, the EPL clubs have unanimously agreed to prevent their players from representing their countries if the fixtures involve travel to nations on the red list. A statement from the Premier League confirmed that nearly 60 players from 19 Premier League clubs were scheduled to travel to 26 red-list countries.
The statement continued: “Extensive discussions have taken place with both The FA and the Government to find a solution, but due to ongoing public health concerns relating to incoming travellers from red-list countries, no exemption has been granted. If required to quarantine on return from red list countries, not only would players’ welfare and fitness be significantly impacted, but they would also be unavailable to prepare for and play in two Premier League match rounds, a UEFA club competition matchday and the third round of the EFL Cup.”
“This period takes into consideration 10 days of hotel quarantine on return to England but does not include any additional time that would be required for players to regain match fitness.” Premier League chief executive Richard Masters added: “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. Quarantine requirements mean that players’ welfare and fitness will be significantly impacted. We understand the challenges that exist in the international match calendar and remain open to workable solutions.”