Premier League clubs are apparently prepared to defy FIFA’s orders not to use their ‘banned’ South and Central American players in this weekend’s matches. FIFA is set to ban 11 players from playing after they failed to appear for their national teams because their clubs refused to transfer them to red-list countries.
Following a response from South American nations seeking vengeance after top-flight teams refused to allow their stars to travel, Liverpool, Manchester City, and Chelsea were expected to be the hardest hit.
As a result, FIFA imposed a ‘five-day’ suspension on the players implicated, including Liverpool’s Brazilian trio Alisson, Fabinho, and Roberto Firmino, Leeds’ Raphinha, Manchester City’s Ederson and Gabriel Jesus, Chelsea’s Thiago Silva, and Manchester United’s Fred.
Raul Jimenez of Wolves, Newcastle’s Miguel Almiron of Paraguay, and Watford’s Francisco Sierralta of Chile were the other three players involved.
After the Mexican Football Association withdrew their protest, Jimenez was cleared to play for Wolves against Watford on Friday.
Source: Daily Mail