FIFA president Infantino urges Premier League, La Liga clubs to release players


FIFA president Infantino has released a statement urging Premier League and La Liga clubs to release their players for September’s international matches.

Both the Premier League and La Liga announced on Tuesday that they would not be releasing players who must travel to “red-zones” for September’s international break. This would block all South American players from travelling to South America to take part in September’s World Cup qualifiers.

However, FIFA president Infantino stated that he would like the players to be released. The statement, which was released on, is as follows:

“We have faced global problems together in the past and must continue to do so in the future. The release of players in the upcoming international windows is a matter of great urgency and importance. I am grateful for the support and cooperation from many stakeholders in the game during this challenging period.

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. 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.

On the issue of quarantine restrictions in England, for players returning from red-list countries, I have written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and appealed for the necessary support, in particular, so players are not deprived of the opportunity of representing their countries in qualifying matches for the FIFA World Cup™, which is one of the ultimate honours for a professional footballer. I have suggested that an approach similar to that adopted by the UK government for the final stages of the EURO 2020 be implemented for the upcoming international matches.

Together we have shown solidarity and unity in the fight against COVID-19. Now, I am urging everyone to ensure the release of international players for the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers.”

As it stands, should the Premier League and La Liga not release the players, Argentina would lose Gerónimo Rulli, Gonzalo Montiel, Germán Pezzella, Juan Foyth, Marcos Acuña, Rodrigo De Paul, Guido Rodríguez, Papu Gómez and Ángel Correa from La Liga. This, along with Emiliano Martinez, Cristian Romero, Gio Lo Celso and Emiliano Buendia of the Premier League.


    • No Musso, Molina, LM Quarta, Dominguez, J. Correa, Nico Gonzales, Dybala, Icardi.

      So 13 + 8 = 21 players won’t play.

      The remaining 9 are: Armani, Paredes, Di Maria, Messi, Palacios, J. Alvarez, Otamendi, Licha Martinez, and Tagliafico.

      Armani; RB, Licha, Otamendi, Tagliafico; Palacios, Paredes, MC; Di Maria, J. Alvarez, and Messi.

      are our current starters as of now. Need a RB and a MC from local league.

      • I also read that it is almost impossible for England for example to overturn the decision because according to the law, even if a prime minister comes from a red list country, he also still has to quarantine himself for 10 days.

  1. The Boss of Bosses is due to make his debut with PSG this Sunday and I can’t wait………..Frenchy watching something they’ve never seen before will bring the house down LOL

  2. Penaldo wants to leave and hope the door hits HER on the way out and let Dybala shine and become the next big thing.
    Icardi will be the man in the middle once Mbappé leaves and that would be best for all, he seems so hung up on himself with both France and PSG bye bye

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      Fabrizio Romano
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      He wanted to “look for potential new options”.

      PSG are currently not interested.

      Mendes contacted Manchester City but Juve want €25m and #MCFC have NO intention to pay any fee. “Complicated”.

      Juve are still convinced that Cristiano will stay.

      • Christina being the way she is will sulk, piss and moan if she doesn’t get her way and that with normal circumstances nm wanting to leave NOW since Messi moved and obviously better situated to win BIG with PSG.
        I see ManCity picking her majesty and I hope they regret it.

  3. Urging is not enough, it should be an order or otherwise it will be every league do what they want!
    It’s a world cup qualifier and we need all able bodies to play without bullshit restrictions.

  4. Scaloni has yet to announce the replacements for the 13 players. Is he expecting the decision to be overturned or what? Or he already decides that the replacements will all be from the Argentina league?

    Without the 13, the starters look very strong indeed, but the bench looks really bad especially it we are not able to call the other foreign based players like Senesi, Palomino, Balerdi, etc.

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