FIFA has announced that Liverpool’s Brazil internationals are now eligible to play for Sunday’s Premier League game at Leeds United.
Alisson Becker, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino – who is currently out with a thigh injury against Chelsea last month – were banned from the game on Elland Road after the Brazilian Football Association filed a complaint with the World Football Association when they were not arriving their country’s last games due to COVID-19 quarantine restrictions.
This complaint has now been withdrawn, FIFA confirmed on Saturday morning and cleared the players to be selected by the Reds this weekend.
” Based on positive signals and a constructive dialogue received by FIFA from the UK Government regarding the international match window in October, recognizing that the players have no control over the extreme situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the currently imposed hygiene restrictions, and as a sign of good faith, goodwill and the like In close cooperation with FIFA, the member associations of Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Paraguay have decided to withdraw their complaints regarding England-based players and players who have to play in England who have not been released for the last international matches “, read a FIFA statement.
” On September 8, 2021, the FIFA President, the FA interim chairman and the Premier League chairman sent a joint letter to the British Prime Minister. The UK Government is now open to working with the three organizations, which are working closely in a spirit of mutual understanding, to find a sensible solution in the interests of all. “