A couple of days back, FIFA placed a 5 days ban on South American premier league players who were denied permission by their club sides to represent their countries at the recent international break for fear of Covid-19.
The Premier League has held talks with FIFA over the past few days to find a resolution that would allow the ineligible players play but those talks have appeared to be fruitless.
The Sun are now reporting that premier league clubs have all agreed that they wouldn’t push for a point reduction if the clubs affected by the FIFA ban decide to field their ineligible players this weekend.
This decision comes on the back of premier league chiefs failing to come to an agreement with FIFA. The clubs most notably affected are Liverpool (Fabinho, Firmino, Allison), Man City (Gabriel Jesus, Ederson), Man Utd (Fred), Chelsea (Thiago Silva), and Leeds United (Raphinha).
The ban would also affect Wolves’ Mexican striker Raul Jimenez and Watford defender Francisco Sierralta.
Martin Lipton who writes for the Sun also pointed out that FIFA would not have the power to enforce a points deduction as punishment if clubs defy the ban as only the premier league has such powers.
FIFA might now be looking at coming into an agreement with the Premier League as regards exemption to some UK Covid-19 protocols for players in future cases and they’d also be hoping the league cooperates with them to enforce the present ban.