European clubs have accused FIFA, the governing body of world football, of abusing regulatory features on the release of player extensions in World Cup qualifiers in September and October.
Both the Premier League and Spain’s La Liga said they supported clubs that refused to allow players to play in South America.
Both Premier League teams will be particularly affected by FIFA’s decision to extend the mandatory release period from 9 days to 11 days to be able to host a triple header in South America.
England’s strict quarantine laws are also a headache, and the Premier League has said that football players are not exempt from tax by the government.
Liverpool have already refused to allow Mohamed Salah to travel to Africa for a World Cup qualifier with Egypt next month because he was forced to quarantine when he returned to England.
The same moves could affect Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino, Allison Baker and Fabiano’s Brazilian trio, who were called up to qualify against Chile, Argentina and Peru next month.
Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Peru are all on the UK government’s “red list” of countries that have mobilized a 10-day hotel quarantine to stop the spread of Cove 19.
“Premier League clubs have reluctantly but unanimously decided today that players from international matches in the Red List countries will not be released next month,” the league said in a statement.
Premier League players could lose two games if quarantined on return.
Spain’s La Liga said in a statement that it would support clubs that refuse to qualify for South America.
“Currently, we have 25 players from 13 different clubs (affected), and we can increase that number when we announce the calls from Ecuador and Venezuela,” he said.
“The Spanish Association believes that the global calendar cannot and should not be changed in this way, especially if there is an alternative solution.”
Affected clubs will be called to the meeting in a few days.
With World Cup qualifiers in Africa, Asia, the Concacaf region and Europe, the club could face FIFA.
The European Club Association (ECA) wrote in a Q&A document to members that Reuters saw FIFA’s decision as “unilaterally opposed” by the ECA and other stakeholders. ..
He said the ECA had strongly opposed FIFA’s decision and called on FIFA to reconsider its position.
“The ECA abuses its regulatory functions with governing bodies such as FIFA to prioritize its commercial interests and those of its affiliates over the physical well-being of players and the legitimate sports interests of clubs.”
The ECA said earlier this month that FIFA had decided to extend the mandatory release period at the request of the South American Federation of Cambodia, ignoring the club’s interests.
FIFA’s decision is unlikely to be reversed, and the ECA should consider what action to take.
There was no immediate comment from FIFA.