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EPL reacts as FIFA bans 11 players from playing for Man Utd, Chelsea, Liverpool.

Brazil in particular, have attempted to take revenge after top flight clubs prevented their players from travelling to red list countries for the recent World Cup qualifying fixtures.

As a result, FIFA invoked a ‘five-day’ restriction on those involved.

Players who did not travel after being called up by Brazil, Mexico, Paraguay and Chile have been banned for five days under Fifa regulations. Of the 11 players banned, 8 are Brazilian, with others being from Chile, Mexico and Paraguay.

The Brazilian Football Association (CBF) made the request to Fifa after being unable to select Liverpool trio Alisson Becker, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino, Manchester City pair Ederson and Gabriel Jesus, Fred (Manchester United), Raphinha (Leeds) and Thiago Silva (Chelsea), for World Cup qualifiers against Chile, Argentina and Peru.

Brazil requested the bans after the English Premier League stopped players from appearing for their country if it meant travel to red list countries.

FIFA invoked a ‘five-day’ restriction on the players involved.

Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Leeds, Chelsea, Wolves, Newcastle and Watford are affected.

Brazil, and much of South America, is currently on the United Kingdom’s red-list. Players travelling to red list countries would have had to miss several games on their return due to the 10-day isolation period required under UK rules.

The Premier League is hopeful that the 11 players banned from playing this weekend after failing to appear for their international sides will be allowed to take to the field.

However, it is known that the football clubs feel the situation does not take into consideration the unusual circumstances they have found themselves in and feel the players should be allowed to play for their clubs this weekend.

Brazil were set to play three World Cup qualifiers over the course of the break, with their final match against Peru on Friday, but will be missing key players.

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