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Ignacio Alonso – the president of the Uruguayan Football Association – has played down fears that players within Europe’s top leagues will not be allowed to represent their national teams over the upcoming international break.
It was announced earlier this week that the Premier League would refuse players the opportunity to be released for international matches next month if the matches in question are to be played in red-list countries, amid ongoing coronavirus concerns.
The decision was made off the back of FIFA’s decision not to extend its temporary exception for players required to quarantine upon their return from international duty.
Amongst those impacted by the decision is Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani, who was poised to participate in three crucial World Cup qualifiers for Uruguay next month, starting with a meeting against Peru next Friday.
But because Uruguay is on the UK’s red-list, Cavani, who reacted to the decision, has not been granted permission to link-up with his international teammates next week.
However, Uruguayan Football Association chief Alonso insists that not all is lost, confirming that he has spoken directly with Cavani and is optimistic that a positive outcome, certainly from the United striker’s point of view, can be reached.
Alonso, as quoted by Sport890 via SportWitness, said: “The clubs are obliged to yield to the players and cannot impose any sanction on the players. No one can retaliate, it seems to me that FIFPro must show its voice on this issue.
“Yesterday [Wednesday] we spoke with [Oscar] Tabarez [Uruguay’s head coach] and tomorrow [Friday] we’re going to draw up the list with all the players. The tickets are already issued.
“I spoke with Cavani and I believe that the solution will come.”
Cavani, who has made over 100 appearances for his country and score more than half a century of goals, has only recently returned to United training after an extended period of leave over the summer because of international commitments at the Copa America.
The 34-year-old could make his first United appearance of the season when they face Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux on Sunday afternoon.
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