FIFA bars Premier League clubs from fixturing Brazilian players this weekend


FIFA has blocked Premier League clubs from selecting Brazilian players who they refused to release for international duty for five days at the request of the country’s Football Association.

The world governing body has applied Article 5 to enforce the restriction period of September 10-14, which would see players miss this weekend’s round of Premier League fixtures and also Tuesday’s Champions League matches.

The players who were not released for the World Cup qualifiers against Argentina and Peru are Raphinha of Leeds, Manchester United’s Fred, Thiago Silva at Chelsea, Manchester City’s Ederson and Gabriel Jesus, as well as Alisson, Roberto Firmino and Fabinho at Liverpool.

Gabriel Jesus gestures as he bites down on his Premier League winners medal (AP)
Image:Gabriel Jesus would be affected by the ruling

It would mean Fred and Thiago Silva would also be ineligible for Manchester United’s visit to Young Boys and Chelsea’s clash with Zenit St Petersburg in the Champions League on the Tuesday.

The Football Association has also been contacted by FIFA regarding the matter. FIFA remain in talks with the FA and UK government to get the ban on quarantine exemptions lifted.

According to FIFA Article 22 of its Disciplinary Code, the sanctions that may be applied if these restrictions are ignored include fines and forfeiting the match 3-0, although it is unclear what might happen if Leeds and Liverpool, who meet at Elland Road on Super Sunday, both defied any FIFA ruling.

Thiago Silva celebrates UCL win
Image:Thiago Silva would miss two games for Chelsea

Last week, Sky Sports News reported that Chile, Mexico and Paraguay had called on FIFA to enforce the restriction period on Ben Brereton of Blackburn and Chile, Francisco Sierralta of Watford and Chile, Newcastle and Paraguay’s Miguel Almiron and Raul Jimenez of Wolves and Mexico.

It is understood that negotiations between all parties are ongoing.

Premier League fixtures this weekend

Saturday September 11:

Crystal Palace vs Tottenham – kick-off 12.30pm

Arsenal vs Norwich – kick-off 3pm

Brentford vs Brighton – kick-off 3pm

Leicester vs Man City – kick-off 3pm

Man Utd vs Newcastle – kick-off 3pm

Southampton vs West Ham – kick-off 3pm

Watford vs Wolves – kick-off 3pm

Chelsea vs Aston Villa – kick-off 5.30pm, live on Sky Sports Premier League

Sunday September 12:

Leeds vs Liverpool – kick off 4.30pm, live on Sky Sports Premier League

Monday September 13:

Everton vs Burnley – kick-off 8pm, live on Sky Sports Premier League