EPL: FIFA takes final decision on Brazilian stars playing this weekend

EPL: FIFA takes final decision on Brazilian stars playing this weekend

Players who were called up by Brazil, Chile, Mexico, and Paraguay during the last international break are allowed to participate in the Premier League this weekend, according to FIFA.

The world football governing body used Article 5 on Wednesday to prevent English clubs from picking players who did not accept their countries’ invitation.

Following a request from the Brazilian Football Confederation, this was accomplished.

Premier League clubs have agreed to not release players for matches in nations on the UK government’s blacklist.

However, following extensive talks with FIFA, the FA and the Premier League, the associations of Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Paraguay agreed to waive the automatic five-day restriction they had the option of imposing.

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The resolution was reached late on Friday night according to Sky Sports, a little more than 12 hours before the weekend’s fixtures kick off.

This means Liverpool will have Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino available for selection against Leeds on Sunday.

Ederson and Gabriel Jesus will also be able to play for Manchester City against Leicester on Saturday.

Chelsea will have Thiago Silva available, Manchester United can select Fred and Leeds can include Raphina.

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