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Premier League refuse to release 60 players for World Cup qualifiers

 

The Premier League on Tuesday, said clubs will not release players called up for international duty, if they are travelling to countries on the UK’s coronavirus “red list”.

 

This is to prevent them from having to quarantine on their return to England.

 

The decision was taken following a unanimous vote by member clubs.

 

“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,” the league said in a statement.

 

Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Peru are all on the UK government’s “red list” of countries.

 

Passengers that arrived from those countries, trigger a 10-day hotel quarantine on return.

 

Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said: “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.”

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