Argentina has called up Emi Martinez of Aston Villa and Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso of Tottenham Hotspur for the World Cup Qualifiers in October, despite Argentina being on the UK’s red travel list.
The trio could enter Argentina under new travel guidelines announced last Friday if they are properly vaccinated and have a negative Covid test. They would, however, be placed in isolation for ten days if they returned to the UK, as per government protocol.
The trio has been named in Argentina’s 30-man squad for the World Cup Qualifiers against Paraguay, Uruguay, and Peru, with the final match scheduled for October 15th.
Martinez will most likely miss Villa’s Premier League matches against Wolves on October 16th and Arsenal on October 22nd if the trio travels to Argentina and returns on October 16th. While Lo Celso and Romero will miss Premier League games against Newcastle and West Ham as well as a Europa League match against Vitesse.
Martinez and teammate Emi Buendia were allowed to join Argentina during the previous international break by Villa. Meanwhile, despite the fact that the two Spurs players had not been released for international duty, they defied their club’s desires and traveled to meet up with the squad. As a result of this, both the pair received heavy fines from Tottenham after their ret
Last month’s World Cup Qualifier against Brazil in Sao Paulo was called off after health inspectors and police entered the field of play to interrupt the game due to the players’ violation of Covid guidelines. Visitors who have spent the previous 14 days in the United Kingdom must quarantine for 14 days upon arriving in Brazil, according to Brazilian regulations.
Last month, Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santos stated that the club “cannot stop” Lo Celso and Romero from traveling, but it is unclear whether they would be released this time.
For players who are not released to their national teams, FIFA has the right to impose a five-day suspension. This was demonstrated last month when Brazil and Mexico asked FIFA to enforce the sanctions of a number of Brazilian and Mexican Premier League players who were not allowed to go.
As a result, stars like Manchester City’s Ederson and Wolves’ Raul Jimenez would have missed the start of the season after the previous international break. FIFA, on the other hand, quickly reversed their decision, and the players returned to normalcy. If it is implemented at this time, clubs may have to choose between a 5-day punishment or a 10-day isolation for their players.
Although the Brazil squad has yet to be revealed, it is expected that a standoff would develop when it is. Because Brazil is also on the UK’s travel blacklist, any players who return will be forced to isolate.
Several Brazilian players play in the Premier League, including Manchester City’s Ederson and Gabriel Jesus, as well as Manchester United’s Fred and Everton’s Richarlison.