sport news Premier League clubs 'agree they will defy FIFA and PLAY their "banned" stars'

sport news Premier League clubs 'agree they will defy FIFA and PLAY their "banned" stars'
sport news Premier League clubs 'agree they will defy FIFA and PLAY their "banned" stars'

Premier League clubs are reportedly planning to ignore FIFA's demands not to play their 'banned' South and Central American players in matches this weekend.

There are 11 players due to be suspended from playing this weekend by FIFA after they failed to appear for their international sides when their clubs refused to send them to red-list countries.  

Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea were set to be the hardest hit following a backlash from South American nations who attempted to take revenge when top-flight clubs blocked their stars from travelling.

Premier League clubs are reportedly planning to ignore FIFA's demands not to play their 'banned' South and Central American players in matches this weekend

Premier League clubs are reportedly planning to ignore FIFA's demands not to play their 'banned' South and Central American players in matches this weekend

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Fabinho is also among the 11 Premier League players banned from featuring this weekend

Fabinho is also among the 11 Premier League players banned from featuring this weekend

As a result, FIFA invoked a 'five-day' restriction on those involved, which would include Liverpool's Brazilian trio Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino, opponents Leeds's Raphinha, Manchester City's Ederson and Gabriel Jesus, Chelsea's Thiago Silva and Manchester United's Fred.

The other three players affected were Wolves striker Raul Jimenez of Mexico, Newcastle's Paraguay forward Miguel Almiron and Watford's Francisco Sierralta, of Chile.

Not only would some of those players miss this weekend's Premier League games, they would also be prevented from playing in the Champions League in midweek. 

But, according to The Sun, Premier League cubs have agreed that they will not make any complaints if their rivals field those players that should be banned.

It comes after Premier League chief executive Richard Masters wrote to clubs and suggested a resolution is in sight on Wednesday.

Jurgen Klopp admitted on Friday he was unsure if Alisson and Fabinho could play at Leeds

Jurgen Klopp admitted on Friday he was unsure if Alisson and Fabinho could play at Leeds

Thiago Silva would miss Chelsea's next two games due to FIFA's 'five-day restriction'

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Thiago Silva would miss Chelsea's next two games due to FIFA's 'five-day restriction'

He said four national associations complained to FIFA and added that the top flight has been locked in talks with both the governing body, the government and the Football Association. 

Those talks have not provided a resolution with less than 24 hours until the first game of the Premier League weekend. 

WHAT IS FIFA'S FIVE-DAY RULE?

FIFA regulations state that, if enforced, a player can be ruled out five days after an international break should their clubs refuse to release them to play for their country.

The rule was designed to prevent clubs from tactically withdrawing their players in order to protect them for upcoming club matches immediately after the international fixtures. 

In full, the FIFA rulebook states: 'A player who has been called up by his association for one of its representative teams is, unless otherwise agreed by the relevant association, not entitled to play for the club with which he is registered during the period for which he has been released or should have been released pursuant to the provisions of this annexe, plus an additional period of five days.'

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