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La Liga, Like Premier League, Won’t Release CONMEBOL Players

La Liga, Like Premier League, Won’t Release CONMEBOL Players

Just after English football today witnessed the Premier League’s decision to ban red-list countries travel, La Liga have followed suit. La Liga, like Premier League, won’t release CONMEBOL players for international play as South America is worst off for COVID-19.

Spanish domestic top-flight La Liga has backed clubs that refuse to release South American players to travel for September internationals.

La Liga has confirmed that it will support clubs that choose not to release some players going to health-risk nations.

In other words, players who represent South American national teams for next month’s matches won’t get to do so anymore.

La Liga, Like Premier League, Won’t Release CONMEBOL Players

Earlier on Tuesday, the Premier League announced that all 20 clubs had agreed to prohibit some club players from traveling.

They cannot allow players to travel to countries on UK’s red list due to concerns about related enforced quarantine periods.

People traveling from United Kingdom to any country that is currently on their red list must submit to 10 days of isolation in a hotel upon their return.

As it turns out, the majority of South and Central American countries are on the UK’s red list.

The Premier League, with the consensus of its incumbent clubs, have thus forbidden travel to red-listed nations for their players.

They also confirmed their open displeasure with FIFA’s decision to extend the CONMEBOL international window from nine to eleven days.

Similarly, now, La Liga has also slammed FIFA, because they are also taking the ensuing coronavirus concerns into account.

La Liga’s Words

La Liga has declared that it will fully support clubs that refuse to release South American internationals for this reason.

“In relation to the serious unilateral decision by FIFA to increase by two days, from nine to 11 days in both September and October, the international FIFA period for the CONMEBOL confederation, without addressing other solutions that were raised in the World Leagues Forum, La Liga wants to communicate that it will support in all areas the decision of the Spanish clubs not to release their players belonging to the national teams for the convocation of CONMEBOL, and will take the pertinent legal actions against this decision that affects the integrity of the competition by not allowing the availability of the players,” a statement read.

The statement went on to say that 25 players from 13 La Liga clubs had already made plans of travel.

These 25 players had enjoyed recent recruitment by South American nations for international fixtures. (Ecuador and Venezuela squads are still in the making, though.)

“The Spanish association understands that the world calendar cannot and should not be modified in this way, especially when there are alternative solutions,” La Liga’s statement continued.

“La Liga, through the World Leagues Forum, has already expressed its discomfort in this situation and in the absence of sensitivity towards the clubs, on an issue, such as the international calendar, which [they] set and [we] agreed [to] four years in advance and to which the national leagues have already adapted taking into account the circumstances of the COVID, but always in a way agreed between all the parties involved.”

“La Liga will summon the affected clubs for a meeting in the coming days,” the Spanish football authority’s statement finished.

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