Leeds United could face FIFA sanction over Raphinha row while Everton given Brazil exemption

The Premier League’s stance on releasing players for international duty in red-list countries this September could land Leeds United in hot water with FIFA.

Association football’s governing body is expected to stand with the Confederação Brasileira de Futebol (CBF) over their decision objecting to the Premier League’s ruling, as per Brazilian outlet Globo Esporte.

What that means is Leeds could be without Raphinha for next weekend’s fixture at home to Liverpool, if FIFA’s instruction to release the talisman for his maiden Seleção call-up is ignored.

This is actionable through FIFA’s footballing legislation which permits them to ban clubs from fielding players for five days after an international break period, under these circumstances.

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According to a report in MailOnline: “The Brazilian FA are expected to lodge a complaint with FIFA, who may invoke a five-day ban — ruling those nine players out of one Premier League game immediately after the break.

“Spanish clubs went to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in an unsuccessful bid to block players’ release, which gives FIFA confidence they will win a dispute with English teams.”

Globo Esporte – as quoted by SportWitness. – also report Brazil remain intent on calling up their Premier League representatives, as was originally the case, for their remaining matches this international break, despite the fact they play Chile this evening.

The team will face Argentina on Sunday, before going up against Peru four days later, just over 48 hours before Leeds host Liverpool at Elland Road on Sunday, September 12.

If Leeds are to bow to CBF and FIFA’s demands, it could mean Raphinha faces a mandatory 10-day quarantine period on returning to England. Consequently, he would miss Liverpool’s visit to Elland Road and any subsequent fixtures in that period, as well as being unable to train.

Raphinha has been in impressive form for Leeds United.

Leeds may view the five-day ban a lesser evil than the disruption that could be caused by Raphinha flying thousands of miles to represent Brazil, before facing quarantine restrictions on his return.

Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa’s Argentine players are planning to circumvent their quarantine period by flying to Croatia – a country currently on the United Kingdom’s coronavirus green list – before returning to the UK.

It appears increasingly unlikely Raphinha, Liverpool trio Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino, Manchester United’s Fred, Chelsea’s Thiago Silva or Manchester City duo Gabriel Jesus and Ederson will feature in gameweek four of this season’s Premier League campaign as a result.

That is, unless FIFA stand alongside Premier League clubs instead of the Brazilian Confederation – which seems improbable.

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Interestingly though, CBF are not expected to lodge a complaint against Everton with regards to Richarlison’s call-up after the Merseyside club permitted the forward to join up with Brazil for this summer’s Copa America and Olympic Games.

Leeds could potentially circumvent FIFA’s five-day sanction and the aggravation of Raphinha’s potential quarantine if the 24-year-old were to withdraw from the squad through injury.

However, given this is the winger’s first call-up to the squad, he may take some convincing.

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