FIFA will hold talks with the Premier League and UK government over the release of South American players ahead of the next round of international fixtures in October, as per UOL Esporte

A number of issues occurred for both clubs and players regarding their availability for international fixtures held earlier this month. 

Tottenham duo Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero both reportedly had orders not to travel but did so anyway to face Venezuela, Brazil and Bolivia for Argentina.

However, the pair were at the centre of major controversy during the game against Brazil, which was halted after just 10 minutes as health officials stormed the pitch, accusing the Spurs pair, among others, of entering the country without quarantining.

Both Lo Celso and Romero, alongside Colombian defender Davinson Sanchez, have since had to undergo a training camp in Croatia to avoid quarantining in a hotel when arriving back in the UK. 

Their unavailability in England meant the trio missed Spurs’ disappointing 3-0 defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace on Saturday. 

The logistical nightmare will want to be avoided by all parties ahead in the next international break, and it has been reported by UOL Esporte that FIFA are meeting with the Premier League to avoid such issues arising again. 

The football governing body will aim to discuss the players’ release ahead of the October break, to agree on a compromise, thus letting them travel without such problems occurring. 

Spurs Web Opinion 

It was a headache that was always going to happen, given the varied scale of the pandemic across different nations. The clubs will not want to lose their players for a handful of games again, as the number of absences will just pile up throughout the season. Hopefully, some kind of sensible resolution can be agreed before the next break. 

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