The Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) have thrown Dream Team managers a nasty curveball ahead of Game Week 4.
Alisson (£4.3m), Ederson (£4.0m) and six other Brazilian Premier League stars may be banned for five days after their respective clubs blocked them from playing for their country during the current international break.
Several Premier League clubs refused to allow their prize assets to compete in Selecao’s recent World Cup qualifying fixtures as Covid-19 protocol would enforce them to miss upcoming club fixtures as they would have to quarantine upon their return to England.
The CBF have asked FIFA to ban the players involved for a five-day period once the international break concludes as per the governing body’s ruling.
The eight players facing possible bans are:
- Alisson (£4.3m)
- Fabinho (£2.3m)
- Roberto Firmino (£3.5m)
- Raphinha (£3.0m)
- Thiago Silva (£3.5m)
- Gabriel Jesus (£4.4m)
- Ederson (£4.0m)
- Fred (£2.1m)
At this stage it’s unclear whether the Premier League will comply with FIFA’s request if the two authorities can’t work out a compromise, as some believe is possible.
However, if the players listed above are forced to sit out then plenty of Dream Team gaffers will be left short.
Ederson and Alisson are the two most-popular goalkeepers in the game while Raphinha and Jesus are both in the top 20 most-selected players in their respective positions.
And Brazil aren’t the only nation hoping to punish Premier League clubs for refusing to release players this international break.
Mexico are said to be pursuing a similar course of action after Wolves chose to retain Raul Jimenez (£3.4m) last week – see also Paraguay’s Miguel Almiron (£1.7m) and Chile’s Francisco Sierralta (£1.3m), potentially causing issues for Newcastle and Watford.
The five-day ban would also rule Thiago Silva and Fred out of their teams’ first Champions League group fixtures of the season next Tuesday.