Brazilian football authorities have triggered a Fifa rule to stop eight international players from playing for their Premier League clubs. The bans result from Premier League teams refusing to release the Brazilian internationals due to COVID restrictions.
However, due to Fifa regulations, players not released for international duty can be subjected to a 5-day ban after the international window ends. The clubs that will miss players are Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, and Leeds United.
Earlier this month, Premier League teams agreed they would not allow players to compete internationally in red-listed countries. Furthermore, Premier League teams disallowed players to travel to red-listed countries because they would miss several club fixtures upon returning to the UK.
Due to the 10-day quarantine for players returning from at-risk countries, the league agreed not to release players.
While Brazilian players represent the most disallowed from competing in the Premier League, Mexico, Paraguay, and Chile's football federations have also leveled bans for their players. As a result, eight Premier League clubs will be missing players for league matches.
Liverpool could be without stars Roberto Firmino, Alisson and Fabinho for their match against Leeds United. Leeds forward Raphinha will also miss the game. Additionally, Manchester City will be without Gabriel Jesus and Ederson for their game this weekend.
An exception to the rule is Everton's Richarlison. After Everton allowed Richalison to play at the Olympic Games, Brazil will show them leniency as a result. Not all clubs are so lucky, unfortunately.
On top of that, Premier League clubs Manchester United and Chelsea will be missing players for their Champions League games on Tuesday. Chelsea's Thiago Silva and Manchester United's Fred will likely miss Champions League fixtures early next week.
More international drama to come
Clubs have now been notified of the situation by Fifa and are now considering the next steps. Negotiations between Fifa and Premier League teams are ongoing behind the scenes. With international fixtures coming again in October and November, Premier League teams have an incentive to find an agreement with Fifa.
Neither the clubs nor their countries want to see their players miss time. Whether they can agree remains to be seen.