Brazil team director speaks on international break plans – Emerson affected

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Emerson Royal
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A report from TyC Sports has revealed the UK government will allow Emerson Royal to travel directly to England after his upcoming Brazil internationals, while the national team director Juninho Paulista confirmed an agreement was close.

The last international break turned out to be chaos for Tottenham Hotspur and their South American players, with Davinson Sanchez, Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso all called up to their national sides.

While they were asked not to leave due to red lust restrictions on travel back to the UK, all three of them went against club orders and were reportedly fined.

Sanchez, Romero and Lo Celso ended up having to fly to Croatia for a training camp for ten days rather than coming straight back to the UK and having to isolate. As such, they missed two Tottenham fixtures.

This time around, Emerson Royal has been called up to Brazil, along with Premier League stars Alisson, Ederson, Thiago Silva, Fabinho, Fred, Raphinha and Gabriel Jesus.

However, this time, the UK government will allow direct travel back to England, albeit with a five-day quarantine period, during which the players can train alone to stay in shape.

Brazil national team director Juninho Paulista said this on the issue (via Globo Esporte): “This issue started in conversation on the last FIFA date, when we discharged the punishment for athletes to play, in their local games and for the Champions League.

“It was a demonstration of good faith, precisely aiming at the FIFA date of October so that we don’t have problems and they can be released.

“The conversation was very productive, it’s well underway and I believe that in another day or two we can have this confirmation. But we’re very confident, that’s why we called up the athletes. Our certainty is that this time we will be complete.”

Tottenham will be looking to get Emerson Royal back for their Europa League match on the 21st against Vitesse.

Spurs Web Opinion:

It sounds as though this next international break will still be a mess for the South American players, but not as bad as last time. They will still have to go into quarantine, which is a blow for Spurs, but at least everyone is affected this time.

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