La Liga has followed Premier League and blocked the release of South American players for the September internationals. LaLiga has confirmed that it will support football clubs that choose not to release players who represent South American national teams for next month’s matches. The Premier League announced earlier on Tuesday that all 20 clubs had agreed to prohibit their players from traveling to countries on the UK’s red list due to concerns about enforced quarantine periods upon their return.
The majority of South and Central American countries are on the UK’s blacklist. Over the decision to extend the CONMEBOL international window from nine to eleven days Premier League confirmed it had expressed its displeasure with FIFA. Similarly, LaLiga has slammed FIFA, stating that it will fully support clubs that refuse to release South American internationals for this reason, while also taking coronavirus concerns into account.
“In relation to the serious unilateral decision by FIFA to increase by two days, from nine to 11 days in both September and October, the international FIFA period for the CONMEBOL confederation, without addressing other solutions that were raised in the World Leagues Forum, LaLiga wants to communicate that it will support in all areas the decision of the Spanish clubs not to release their players belonging to the national teams for the convocation of CONMEBOL, and will take the pertinent legal actions against this decision that affects the integrity of the competition by not allowing the availability of the players,” a statement read.
The statement went on to say that 25 players from 13 LaLiga clubs had already been called up by South American nations, with Ecuador and Venezuela squads still to be announced. “The Spanish association understands that the world calendar cannot and should not be modified in this way, especially when there are alternative solutions,” LaLiga’s statement continued.
“LaLiga, through the World Leagues Forum, has already expressed its discomfort in this situation and in the absence of sensitivity towards the clubs, on an issue, such as the international calendar, which is set and agreed four years in advance and to which the national leagues have already adapted taking into account the circumstances of the COVID, but always in a way agreed between all the parties involved. LaLiga will summon the affected clubs for a meeting in the coming days.”
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