Liverpool are hopeful of a new agreement with FIFA within 24 hours, according to reports. The Reds will miss some stars this weekend as things stand.
This comes from the Guardian. They claim that Liverpool, along with other Premier League sides, hope for a new agreement with FIFA ahead of the weekend.
This comes after FIFA suspended Brazilian players this weekend if they were called up by the national side. Covid-19 restrictions meant English sides didn’t release said players, angering Brazil’s FA.
They subsequently pushed FIFA to enforce the ‘5-day’ rule. It’s a ruling that suspends players for five days if not released for international duty. That would rule out the likes of Alisson Becker and Fabinho for the weekend.
FIFA have now enforced that rule but clubs haven’t given up on reversing it. They believe an agreement can be reached ahead of the fixtures this weekend and hope for a new agreement within 24 hours.
Liverpool hope for new FIFA agreement
We tried to cover the entire story here – it’s a complex situation. Especially as Brazil vs Argentina was called off at the weekend.
Health officials stormed the pitch after it came out that Argentina’s England-based players had not quarantined correctly. The game was cancelled.
But that brings up two issues. Firstly, wouldn’t England-based Brazilians have faced the same issue? How could they have played?
The other side of it, however, is why were the Argentine players released for their countries and not the Brazilians? Both had to travel to red-list countries, after all.
It’s a messy situation without a clear answer. At this point, it probably makes sense for Liverpool to plan without Alisson and Fabinho this weekend.
Things could certainly change – they have over and over again already – but predicting this one is proving difficult.