Premier League bosses will hold talks with FIFA amid fears Wolves and Newcastle could lose key players when domestic action returns… with Raul Jimenez and Miguel Almiron facing bans for missing World Cup qualifiers
- Premier League bosses will hold talks with FIFA before domestic action returns
- Wolves and Newcastle face losing key players after the World Cup qualifiers
- Raul Jimenez and Miguel Almiron face bans for missing the country’s matches
- Both players would have had to isolate in a hotel for 10 days had they travelled
Premier League bosses will hold talks with FIFA amid fears that Wolves and Newcastle could lose key players when domestic action returns next weekend.
Wolves striker Raul Jimenez did not travel for Mexico’s World Cup qualifiers against Jamaica, Costa Rica and Panama due to red list quarantine rules, which also prevented Newcastle midfielder Miguel Almiron from linking up with Paraguay. Anyone returning to the UK from those territories must isolate in a hotel for 10 days.
Jimenez may miss Wolves’ trip to Watford on September 11 if FIFA invoke their five-day ban, applicable when clubs do not release selected players.
Wolves forward Raul Jimenez (above) did not travel for Mexico’s World Cup qualifiers against Jamaica, Costa Rica and Panama due to red list quarantine rules
Yet Sportsmail understands league chiefs will attempt to intervene to ensure there are no suspensions handed to players. Both they and FIFA understand the unique difficulties of the pandemic and are keen to find an amicable solution.
The clubs argue that the risk of releasing players was too great. Had Jimenez, for example, accepted the call-up, he would not have been cleared to return to Wolves until after Mexico’s game in Panama, in the early hours of November 9.
The 30-year-old would then be required to serve 10 days’ hotel quarantine and miss at least three matches – at Watford next Saturday, at home to Brentford on September 18 and against Tottenham in the Carabao Cup on September 22.
Miguel Almiron who was linking up with Paraguay is also subject to 10 days’ isolation in a hotel
Premier League’s Richard Masters has said: ‘clubs have reluctantly but rightly come to the conclusion that it would be unreasonable to release players under these circumstances’
Though Jimenez would be clear of quarantine for the Spurs game, he would not have trained for 10 days and would therefore lack fitness. In this context, missing a single game at Watford while avoiding quarantine is the lesser of two evils.
The Premier League chief executive, Richard Masters, said: ‘Premier League clubs have always supported their players’ desires to represent their countries – this is a matter of pride for all concerned.
‘However, clubs have reluctantly but rightly come to the conclusion that it would be entirely unreasonable to release players under these new circumstances.
‘We understand the challenges that exist in the international match calendar and remain open to workable solutions.’