Gianni Infantino wants the English Premier League and La Liga to “preserve and protect sporting dignity” during the international break. In other words, the FIFA president wants EPL and La Liga to release CONMEBOL players to travel for international fixtures.
The summer’s final international break will last two weeks, beginning with this weekend’s matches.
After these international games, what will follow is the resumption of qualifiers for next year’s World Cup in Qatar.
However, as we reported in the football news yesterday, the Premier League has refused to release players for the same.
They’re banning nearly 60 players from traveling to 26 countries, because these nations are on the United Kingdom’s red list.
All 20 Premier League clubs have unanimously taken this decision due to strict rules that accompany travel to red-listed nations.
UK’s safety protocols would mandate players to quarantine for 10 days, viz. isolation in a hotel room, upon their return.
Regardless of their vaccination status, people must quarantine in a hotel for 10 days upon their return. This is the protocol in place for arrivals from countries on UK’s red list, and for travel to and from.
To this rule, moreover, the government has bestowed no exemption for football stars and giants (clubs).
After Premier League disallowed it’s CONMEBOL players from traveling to South American countries, most red-listed, La Liga quickly followed suit.
La Liga has, as of yesterday, refused to release 25 players, across 13 different clubs, for their South American qualifiers.
FIFA President Wants EPL and La Liga to Release CONMEBOL Players
But now, FIFA President Gianni Infantino has urged the Premier League of England and La Liga of Spain to reconsider.
Indeed, Infantino wants the two leagues to release their players for the upcoming international break as a “show of solidarity”.
He has encouraged both the English and Spanish top-filghts to reconsider their actions and thereby “preserve and protect sporting integrity”.
Infantino has even said that he has written to UK prime minister Boris Johnson for support.
“I am calling on a show of solidarity from every member association, every league, and every club, to do what is both right and fair for the global game,” he said in the statement.
“Many of the best players in the world compete in leagues in England and Spain, and we believe these countries also share the responsibility to preserve and protect the sporting integrity of competitions around the world.
“I have suggested that an approach similar to that adopted by the UK government for the final stages of the Euro 2020 (hosted at Wembley) be implemented for the upcoming international matches.”