Premier League announce decision impacting Aston Villa players

The Premier League have announced that its club have ‘reluctantly but unanimously’ decided not to allow players to join up with international squads for matches played in red-list countries next month.

Aston Villa’ s Emiliano Martinez and Emiliano Buendia were both called up to Argentina’s squad for the September internationals and as a result miss two Premier League games next month.

Due to current quarantine rules which state any person arriving back from a red-list country, including Argentina, must self isolate for 10 days, both players would have missed Villa’s trip to Stamford Bridge on September 11.

Following an away game against Chelsea, Villa then host Everton on September 18, which Martinez and Buendia would have otherwise also missed, if the Premier League hadn’t tonight blocked players visiting red-list countries.

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In a statement made by the Premier League tonight, they add: “Premier League clubs have today reluctantly but unanimously decided not to release players for international matches played in red-list countries next month.

“This follows FIFA’s current position not to extend its temporary release exception for players required to quarantine on their return from international duty.

“Extensive discussions have taken place with both The FA and the Government to find a solution, but due to ongoing public health concerns relating to incoming travellers from red-list countries, no exemption has been granted.

“If required to quarantine on return from red list countries, not only would players’ welfare and fitness be significantly impacted, but they would also be unavailable to prepare for and play in two Premier League match rounds, a UEFA club competition matchday and the third round of the EFL Cup.

“This period takes into consideration 10 days of hotel quarantine on return to England but does not include any additional time that would be required for players to regain match fitness.”

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