With the pandemic still very much ongoing, Premier League clubs made the sensible move to refuse international call ups for those destined for red list countries, but Brazil are not lying down easily.
Liverpool blocked Mohamed Salah, Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino, who would have ultimately been withdrawn due to injury, from being called up in the September break due to a 10-day quarantine on their return.
And while it is a disappointment for the players, it is a sensible move for all concerned but yet the Brazilian football federation is looking to punish the players further.
This would mean that they would be ineligible to play in matches for their club for five days after the end of the international break, which would see the Reds duo miss the clash against Leeds.
The Brazilian FA wrote to clubs to demand their players to be released last week after the Premier League‘s decision, while FIFA president Gianni Infantino made an appeal to Boris Johnson to provide an exemption.
None was forthcoming and now FIFA are expected to receive a complaint from Brazil that could result in a five-day ban, favoured over a 10-day quarantine but still far from ideal.
Aston Villa and Tottenham‘s decision to break rank by allowing their Argentinian contingent to travel to South America failed to help matters and now players find themselves at the mercy of the men in suits.
It’s hardly an amicable solution when a further two international breaks are to follow in as many months, with the players set to be put in a tug of war between club and country.