Journalist Christian Martin has told ESPN Argentina that Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero have both decided that they will travel to South America next week for Argentina’s World Cup qualifiers despite knowing that the Premier League has prohibited them from doing so.
Many countries in South America and Africa are on the UK’s so-called ‘red list‘, meaning that arrivals from those countries must quarantine at a hotel for 10 days, even if fully vaccinated.
This means that the Premier League stars travelling to South America for the World Cup qualifiers will have to miss a handful of matches, through quarantining.
The Premier League have decided that top flight clubs do not have to release their players for international duty next week if they are travelling to red list countries.
However, despite this decision, Martin claims that Tottenham’s Argentine duo, Lo Celso and Romero, along with Aston Villa’s Emiliano Martinez and Emiliano Buendia have decided to travel.
The journalist claims that the four players have “mutinied” against their clubs and decided to represent La Albiceleste in the World Cup qualifiers despite not having permission to do so from their respective clubs or the Premier League.
He also added that the four players know that they will be fined when they return to England following the international break.
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¡ÚLTIMO MOMENTO!@askomartin, desde Europa, afirma que Dibu Martínez, Buendía, Lo Celso y Cuti Romero viajarán igual para disputar la triple fecha de Eliminatorias, pese al comunicado que había emitido la Premier. ¡Y atención a lo que agrega @gustavoyarroch! pic.twitter.com/n0rVjoykAv
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This whole situation came about due to FIFA’s inflexibility in terms of scheduling. The South American qualifiers could have easily been played in Europe considering that is where most of the players ply their trade.
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