The curious plan of the 4 national team players who play in the Premier League so as not to miss the qualifying rounds

Buendía, Romero, Lo Celso and Martínez, on the plane that took them to Venezuela

While Uruguay had to disengage Edinson cavani, Manchester United man, while Tite had to cancel the summons of nine men from the selection of Brazil who are active in the Premier League for the triple playoff date, the Argentine team managed to avoid the blockade of the English League to the transfer of footballers to countries that are on the United Kingdom’s red list at an epidemiological level, as is the case with all of South America.

A) Yes, Emiliano Martínez and Emiliano Buendía (Aston Villa) and Giovani Lo Celso and Cuti Romero (Tottenham) They traveled together on a private flight to Venezuela, where the national team will play on Thursday from 9:00 p.m. in another commitment on the way to the Qatar 2022 World Cup. The position of the Albiceleste footballers had a lot to do with the fact that the clubs agreed to assign them. In fact, Aston Villa published a statement in which it warned that Drawings and Buendía “They agreed that they will be available for the first two matches of Argentina, against Venezuela and Brazil, without being part of the third of the games in this window, against Bolivia”, Although the AFA indicates that there is no formal commitment in this regard.

The issue is that in England they require 10 days of isolation after traveling, so on their return, the four players would have to face quarantine training in their homes, unfavorable conditions so that the clubs can then use them immediately. Consequently, together they planned an alternative solution: Martínez, Buendía, Lo Celso and Romero would move to an island in Croatia, where they could work normally. And then, yes, go back to the UK directly to train with their respective teams, since Croatia is not on the red list.

The bidding between several European leagues and FIFA held the players hostage in the run-up to these qualifying rounds. Spain, Italy and Portugal also backed the institutions if they chose not to give in to the players. However, the Iberian contest received a setback in the TAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport, in English), which rejected the precautionary measure requested by the organization of the Spanish competition. According to the international organization, “the release of them by clubs around the world is mandatory”.

The swiss Gianni Infantino, President of FIFA, had stated that the loan of players by the clubs to the national teams is “A matter of great urgency and importance”. “The decision to add an additional two days instead of three as requested by Conmebol was made by FIFA after consulting all relevant stakeholders and after taking into account all relevant circumstances, in particular the challenges created by the pandemic. by COVID-19 and especially health considerations for the players ”, the entity had explained in a statement.

However, the Premier maintained its position, which with deep commitment from the players, and ingenuity in conjunction with the clubs involved, Drawings Martínez, Buendía, Cuti Romero and Lo Celso managed to dribble.