Raphinha, Alisson Becker, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino are among eight Premier League stars who will be unavailable for selection this weekend after the Brazilian FA moved to ban players who failed to appear despite being called up for international duty.
Some Premier League clubs moved to block their South American players from joining their international teammates as Covid rules regarding self isolation would have ruled them out of several league fixtures.
Alisson ❌— Goal (@goal) September 8, 2021
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Eight Premier League players have been banned from playing for their clubs until Wednesday after the Brazilian FA triggered a FIFA ruling pic.twitter.com/AGtsBq1dix
Leeds United attacker Raphinha is thought to have turned down his first Brazil call-up so that he could remain available to the Whites ahead of this Sunday’s fixture at home to Liverpool, who will be missing three of their own Brazilian players.
Football authorities in Brazil did spare Richarlison from any bans, however - this is a decision believed to be influenced by Everton allowing the forward to partake in the Tokyo Olympics earlier this summer.
Similar moves from the Mexico, Paraguay and Chile football federations have also ruled out Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Raul Jimenez, Newcastle United’s Miguel Almiron and Watford defender Francisco Sierralta this weekend.
also, if, as Radrizzani said, the decision not to go to Brazil was ultimately Raphinha’s, what power do FIFA have?— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) September 8, 2021
FIFA rules dictate that players not released for an international window can be banned for five days once the window ends, but Leeds are believed to be one of the clubs set to challenge this ruling, particularly as it was Raphinha’s decision to turn down the call-up.
As a result, Marcelo Bielsa will be forced to replace the 24-year-old with either U23s star Crycensio Summerville or deadline day signing Dan James, while Liverpool will likely turn to the likes of goalkeeper Adrian and forward Diogo Jota for the clash at Elland Road.
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