Liverpool could face FIFA punishment for refusing to release players for World Cup qualifiers

Liverpool could face FIFA punishment for refusing to release players for World Cup qualifiers

Liverpool Echo Sports·2021-09-04 10:00

The club v country row rumbles on as the first international break of the season got underway this week.Whilst some Liverpool players are away representing their nation, others have been prevented from travelling due to current quarantine regulations. Premier League clubs took a joint stance last week and refused to release players for international matches in red-list countries. Current regulations mean players would have to isolate for 10 days upon their return, which would see them miss a number of games in that time.Liverpool's Mohamed Salah as well as Brazilian trio Alisson Becker, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino are the players affected by the decision. READ MORE: Liverpool's £120m gap to Arsenal asks transfer question FSG cannot avoidNow, a number of football associations are seeking punishment for clubs for failing to release players. According to The Telegraph, Mexico, Paraguay and Chile have all asked for sanctions and Newcastle United, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Watford and Blackburn Rovers are facing action. The request means those clubs could be prevented from fielding players for five days after the current international window, unless an agreement can be reached with the national associations.The article goes on to state that, as of Wednesday night, FIFA were yet to receive a similar request for sanctions from Brazil, as Liverpool refused to release Alisson, Fabinho and Firmino.However, reports emerged from Brazil on Thursday that the Brazilian Football Confederation 'will carry out' the intention to see clubs punished for preventing players from representing the nation this month.Sign up to our free LFC newsletterGet all the latest Liverpool breaking news, team news, transfer rumours, injury updates plus analysis of what's next for the Reds.You'll also get the latest transfer talk and analysis straight to your inbox every day with our FREE email newsletter.Sign up here - it only takes a few seconds!According to GE, the CBF wants FIFA to impose the rules that would see clubs unable to field players for five days after the international break, which would affect Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, Leeds and Russian side Zenit. Due to Richarlison's release for the Olympics in August, it has been claimed that Everton is a 'likely exception'.Firmino sustained a hamstring injury in Liverpool's 1-1 draw against Chelsea last week, which could make him exempt from sanctions.However, the problem is likely to keep the 29-year-old sidelined for a couple of weeks as he undergoes further assessments.Should the CBF pursue the request to see clubs punished, and if no agreement is reached, Liverpool could be without the trio after the international break.The Premier League's decision to support any club that decided not to release players followed FIFAs current position not to extend its temporary release exception for those required to quarantine on their return from international duty.Also, due to ongoing public health concerns relating to incoming travellers from red-list countries, no exemption was granted by the UK government, which left clubs with little choice.La Liga and Serie A also followed suit last week by supporting teams in their stance not to release players.Read MoreRelated ArticlesRead MoreRelated Articles


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