The president of FIFA, Gianni Infantino, and the Council of Conmebol will seek this Saturday, in a virtual meeting, a way out of the refusal of European clubs to give up their players in March for two dates of the South American Qualifiers of the Qatar 2022 World Cup for the coronavirus pandemic.
“Tomorrow (Saturday) a virtual meeting is scheduled between the FIFA president and the CONMEBOL Council”, reported the South American Football Confederation in its account of Twitter after the meeting this Friday.
European clubs, especially those of English and German football, have demonstrated against the release of the South American teams due to the risks of contagion and because on their return they will have to undergo a ten-day quarantine.
“FIFA promised to continue looking for a solution to the impasse that arose because South American players who play in European leagues are not released in favor of their national teams.”, highlighted the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol).
Some media reported an alleged offer by FIFA for the double day (fifth and sixth) to be played in Europe, or that the matches be postponed or paralyzed due to the refusal of the associations with the largest number of players in Europe such as those of Argentina and Brazil.
“We don’t have to let the players go and all the clubs agree that we can’t let them leave and then do a 10-day quarantine,” said the Liverpool manager., Jürgen Klopp.
“I understand the different needs of the federations, but we are at a time when everyone cannot be satisfied and the players are paid by the clubs. This means that we have to be the priority.”the German pointed out.
Last year, Conmebol managed to start the regional tie with the dispute of the first four days in the midst of strict sanitary measures and without an audience, which also ruled to complete the schedule of the Libertadores and Sudamericana cups.
But the evolution of the coronavirus in the region has worsened in recent weeks with the delay in vaccination processes and the explosion of new outbreaks in countries like Brazil, where this Friday it became known about the suspension of regional tournaments to stop the spread of covid-19 cases.
The double round of the South American Qualifiers was originally scheduled for March 25 with the Bolivia-Peru, Venezuela-Ecuador and Chile-Paraguay matches.
On the 26th, the meetings between Colombia-Brazil and Argentina-Uruguay will close on that date.
Due to the initial programming, the sixth day would be fully completed on March 30 with the following meetings: Ecuador-Chile, Uruguay-Bolivia, Paraguay-Colombia, Peru-Venezuela and Brazil-Argentina.
After the first four rounds, Brazil leads with 12 points out of 12 possible. They are followed by Argentina with 10, Ecuador with 9, Paraguay and Uruguay with 6, Chile and Colombia with 4, Venezuela with 3 and Bolivia with one.