Fifa Ruling Leaves Liverpool Without Brazilian Stars This Weekend
In a remarkable turn of events, Fifa have ruled that Liverpool will be unable to use their Brazilian players Roberto Firmino, Fabinho and Alisson Becker against Leeds United, at the request of the Brazilian FA, according to the Times. Liverpool could face possible sanctions if they decide to play any of their Brazilian stars on Sunday.
The request from the Brazilian FA comes after clubs' refusal to sanction their Brazilian squad members playing international games due to safety concerns in red list countries such as Brazil, as a result of Covid-19. Players would also have to qaurantine on their return to England. Premier League clubs were united in their decision to not allow players of any nationality that had to play games in travel red list countries.
This decision from Fifa effects Premier League clubs all across the board, not only Liverpool. Strangely though, the Brazilian FA have not decided to request punishment for Everton or Richarlison as they have a good relationship with both. The decision itself and the one rule for one, a different rule for another will understandbly ignite fury within clubs' and fans alike.
How the Premier League as an organisation react to this will be interesting but their hands may be tied as the ruling comes from football's top brass. Other players that are set to miss games this weekend include Gabriel Jesus, Ederson, Raphinha and Thiago Silva, who will also miss Chelsea's Champions League clash against Zenit on Tuesday.
The ruling from Fifa is quite baffling as by siding with the Brazilian FA, they have showed a lack of concern for player safety. It is worrying that the safety of players in regards to playing international football, whether it be Covid related or otherwise is not Fifa's first priority. The recent news about the World Cup possibly occuring every two years is the latest example of this. It also shows a great deal of pettiness on the part of the Brazilian FA.
All eyes will be on the next few days leading up to the weekend to see the response from clubs'. One thing for sure is that this latest example of international football effecting the club game, could lead to several teams dropping points this weekend. Liverpool should manage but this a position themselves and other Premier League clubs' should not currently be in.