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Liverpool, Chelsea and Man Utd set to be BANNED from playing Brazil stars in Premier League after World Cup travel ban


PREMIER LEAGUE clubs are set to be BANNED from playing Samba stars after the international break.

Brazilian FA chiefs will demand Fifa takes action against the six Prem clubs — including Liverpool — for refusing to release their players for the three World Cup qualifiers.

Times Newspapers Ltd

Liverpool could be without Roberto Firmino, Alisson and Fabinho[/caption]

It would mean the FA enforcing five-day “bans” — a  rule  previously agreed by Fifa — for all of the nine initially selected Brazilians.

They stand to miss the first Prem weekend back with Chelsea, Leeds, Everton and both Manchester clubs also affected.

The Kop club declined to allow Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino to travel to South America.

That is despite Aston Villa and Spurs letting Emi Martinez, Emi Buendia, Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso fly off for Argentina duty.

Any players travelling to red-list countries like Brazil and Argentina must spend ten days in hotel quarantine on their return.

They will not only miss two Prem matches and the opening round of European club competition but also risk their mental and physical condition.


City were determined to keep Ederson and Gabriel Jesus in the country.

Chelsea defender Thiago Silva, Manchester United midfielder Fred, Everton striker Richarlison and Leeds’ Raphinha were also ordered to stay in the UK.

Silva hinted at his disquiet in a later-deleted Instagram post, although it is understood Richarlison and uncapped Raphinha accepted the situation after speaking to their clubs.

But it is now feared the Brazilian FA will ask Fifa to impose the punishment of five-day bans from the final scheduled international they are missing.

Fifa are keen to hold further talks with Downing Street to find a solution to prevent a similar issue next month and in future international breaks.

Brazil play Peru in Recife a week on Thursday, so Fred and Silva would be unavailable for Champions League fixtures five days later.

United travel to Young Boys and Chelsea host Zenit St Petersburg.

Liverpool head to Elland Road on September 12, the day after City visit Leicester, United host Newcastle and Chelsea entertain Villa.

Everton play Burnley on Monday September 13.

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