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Edinson Cavani Questions Premier League's Decision to Block Players From Travelling for International Duty

By Amreen
Cavani is set to miss Uruguay's World Cup qualifying triple-header
Cavani is set to miss Uruguay's World Cup qualifying triple-header / Buda Mendes/Getty Images

Edinson Cavani took to social media to hit out at the Premier League's decision of blocking players from travelling for international duty to "red-list" countries next month.

Clubs from both the Premier League and LaLiga have confirmed they will not be releasing players who need to travel to countries where they would need to mandatorily quarantine upon return to England or Spain. The decision applies to nearly 60 players from 19 top-flight clubs who are due to travel to 26 red-list countries, and Argentina and Brazil are set to be hit hard the most.

Uruguay international, Cavani, is set to miss out a World Cup qualifying triple-header as his homeland falls into the 'red-list' category. The Manchester United star took to Instagram to show his displeasure at the decision, captioning a picture of the English top-flight's statement with three question marks.

With Egypt and Brazil both on the UK’s travel red list, Liverpool players Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Alisson, and Fabinho all face missing crucial Premier League games in September if they go on international duty.

Manchester City have also held the same stance as Liverpool and will not allow Ederson and Gabriel Jesus to link up with Brazil. Leeds and Chelsea also have players who represent multiple South American nations.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has urged the Premier League and LaLiga to release players for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers. “We have faced global problems together in the past and must continue to do so in the future. The release of players in the upcoming international windows is a matter of great urgency and importance," Infantino said.

"On the issue of quarantine restrictions in England, for players returning from red-list countries, I have written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and appealed for the necessary support, in particular, so players are not deprived of the opportunity of representing their countries in qualifying matches for the FIFA World Cup.

"I have suggested that an approach similar to that adopted by the UK government for the final stages of the Euro 2020 be implemented for the upcoming international matches. Together we have shown solidarity and unity in the fight against Covid-19. Now, I am urging everyone to ensure the release of international players for the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers.”