Brazil will ignore Liverpool over their international demands, according to reports. FIFA may get involved in the situation.
This comes from UOL. They claim Brazil will call up Liverpool players for three international next month.
That’s despite the Reds making it clear in a letter that they will not release their players for those games. Liverpool refuse to release players for countries on the UK’s ‘red list’.
‘Red list’ countries are those deemed at high Covid-19 risk for travellers. Thus anyone returning to the UK must quarantine in a hotel for at least eight days.
That creates a real problem. Liverpool’s players wouldn’t be able to feature in their next game (against Leeds United), nor could they train with the side.
There’s also the risk they catch Covid-19, of course. Those countries are high-risk for a reason.
But Brazil intend to ignore that stance. They’ll call up Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino to their national squad for the upcoming friendlies.
They believe FIFA will back them up and force Liverpool to release their Brazilian players. The country points to the fact that the Reds are the only club to have made this request.
But would you believe it got more complicated?
Brazil to tackle Liverpool stance
Tuesday saw the Premier League announce that all clubs had ‘reluctantly but unanimously’ agreed to take the same stance as Liverpool. That is, no top-flight clubs will not release players for ‘Red list’ countries.
That makes Brazil’s stance harder to take. Liverpool are no longer the only club refusing to cooperate and thus FIFA can’t so easily force them to back down.
This one promises to be an ordeal, then. National sides won’t want to play those games without several stars. Club sides won’t want to lose players for a game.
It’s difficult to see an easy answer.