‘Red list’ countries: Messi, Salah, Martinez to miss world cup qualifiers

Lionel Messi, Mohammed Salah, Emiliano Martinez may miss the world cup qualifiers as the European Club Association (ECA) members are set to prevent their players from going to ‘red-list’ countries during September’s international break unless quarantine exemptions can be made, with the Premier League currently in talks with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

Nations on the UK Government’s “red” list include Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Turkey, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil and Egypt. Regarding travel to England, a 10-day period of hotel isolation would be required before players can return to their clubs.

Having Egypt on that list would mean  Mohamed Salah will not be able to play Egypt’s World Cup Qualifier in Cairo against Angola on September 2, although the forward would be free to travel to play away on September 5, Paris Saint-Germain are also ECA members meaning Lionel Messi and Neymar are to suffer the same fate, as well as Marquinhos and Angel Di Maria could also miss out with Argentina and Brazil among the nations on France’s “red” list – the French government also operate a traffic-light system for travel.

Brazil host Argentina in a World Cup Qualifier at the Maracana on September 5, and the ECA’s current reluctance could rule out several players from that match and a host of other games in South America.

Eight Premier League players were named in the upcoming Brazil squad, with Liverpool trio Alisson Becker, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino joined by Ederson and Gabriel Jesus (both Manchester City), Thiago Silva (Chelsea), Fred (Manchester United), Richarlison (Everton), Raphinha (Leeds United).

Meanwhile Aston Villa and Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, who started in the 1-0 Copa America final win over Brazil last month, would likewise be prevented from playing his nation’s qualifiers.

Despite talks between the Premier League and DCMS it is understood that no agreement has been reached over exemptions for players.



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