The decision comes after the Brazilian FA had triggered FIFA to impose a five-day ban on the internationals who failed to report for duty in the September international break.
It placed the players in the middle of a club and country face off and Brazil had then looked to punish them further with a FIFA ruling, all for circumstances out of their control.
“Based on positive signals and constructive dialogue FIFA has received from the UK government towards the international match window in October, recognising that players have no control over the extreme situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and sanitary restrictions currently imposed and, as a sign of good faith, goodwill and cooperation, the member associations of Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Paraguay, in close consultation with FIFA, have taken the decision to withdraw their complaints in relation to the England-based players, and players bound to play in England, who were not released for the recent international matches,” said a FIFA statement.
“On 8 September 2021, the FIFA President, The FA Interim Chair and Premier League Chair sent a joint letter to the UK Prime Minister. The UK government is now open to find a reasonable solution with the three organisations, who are working closely together in a spirit of mutual understanding, in the interests of everyone.”
Further discussions took place between the Premier League, FIFA, FA and the government, and the right call has finally been confirmed, with the Brazilian contingent free to play on the weekend. Better late than never!
It has created unnecessary tension with two further international breaks to come in 2021, with some seemingly forgetting that the pandemic is still very much ongoing.
But talks are ongoing with the government to find a potential solution that will enable clubs to release their players in the next break in October.
Alisson and Fabinho will be certain starters for Jurgen Klopp on Sunday, as too Raphinha for Leeds, but they and other Premier League clubs could have done without the late chaos that Brazil placed at their feet just hours out from the return of domestic action.