Premier League clubs will not release players whose schedule demands for them to play in matches in red-listed countries. Travelling for international fixtures in countries on the United Kingdom’s red list is now out for English Premier League players. So, among other Premier League football news, players can’t travel to UK’s red-list nations.
Premier League clubs have “reluctantly and unanimously” agreed not to release players for upcoming international matches in some countries. Basically, players cannot travel to countries that the United Kingdom has included on their “red list” for any international games.
This week, international managers in countries other than UK have been naming their squads for the upcoming September fixtures.
However, with the coronavirus pandemic causing global upheaval, Premier League clubs have stepped in on their players travelling when recruited.
On Monday, Liverpool barred star forward Mohamed Salah from joining Egypt’s squad for their home game.
Previous reports said Liverpool would have allowed their talisman to travel to Gabon, which is on the UK’s amber list.
Premier League Football News – Players Can’t Travel to UK’s Red-List Nations
Countries on the red list for travel to and from the UK require all arrivals to stay in a hotel for 10 days upon their return.
So, players travelling to red-list countries, regardless of their vaccination status, will become unavailable for 10 days after their return.
Nations on the amber list, on the other hand, do not require such mandatory quarantine if travelers have fully completed the vaccination process. Even so, people flying in and out of amber countries must still follow testing protocols.
FIFA implemented a temporary release exception for players required to quarantine upon their return from international duty last season.
Though this allowed clubs to block their release back then, FIFA have not retained this exception for the 2021-22 season.
Brazil, Argentina, and the rest of South America are all on the UK’s red list.
In reaction to this, Liverpool was going to bar Alisson, Roberto Firmino, and Fabinho from leaving.
On the other hand, Manchester City definitively barred Ederson and Gabriel Jesus from leaving for international matches on Tuesday.
And now, with the full support of the Premier League, all the English clubs have unanimously agreed to ban travel.
They will henceforth prevent their players from representing their countries if the fixtures involve travel to UK’s red list nations.
Premier League’s Words
A statement from the Premier League confirmed that nearly 60 players from 19 Premier League clubs had flights out.
In particular, across 19 EPL clubs, 60 players’ schedule involved their travel to 26 different red-list countries.
The statement also said: “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.
“If required to quarantine on return from red list countries, not only would players’ welfare and fitness be significantly impacted, but they would also be unavailable to prepare for and play in two Premier League match rounds, a UEFA club competition matchday and the third round of the EFL Cup.
“This period takes into consideration 10 days of hotel quarantine on return to England but does not include any additional time that would be required for players to regain match fitness.”
Premier League chief executive Richard Masters added: “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.”