The FIFA released on Wednesday the statement of its president Gianni Infantino regarding the position taken by LaLiga and the Premier League on the transfer of South American footballers for the next matches for the South American Qualifiers of the World Cup Qatar 2022. The president assured that he has contacted in writing with the prime minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson.
“In the past, we have tackled global problems together and we will continue to do so in the future. The transfer of players for the next international periods is a matter of great urgency and importance. I am grateful for the support and collaboration of the different football stakeholders during this difficult period, ”Infantino said.
In a statement on Tuesday, the Premier League had reported that it decided “not to assign players for international matches played in countries on the red list.” Hours later, LaLiga expressed its support for all the clubs that decide not to release their South American players for the CONMEBOL qualifiers.
The FIFA president emphasized in his statement: “I would like all member associations, all leagues and all clubs to show solidarity and do what is both right and fair for world football. Many of the best players in the world compete in the Spanish league and the English league, and we believe that these countries also share the responsibility of preserving and protecting the sporting integrity of competitions around the world ”.
Regarding ‘the question of the quarantine periods that players who return to England from countries on the’ red list ‘must comply with,’ Infantino assured that he has contacted Prime Minister Boris Johnson in writing ‘to request, in particular, not be deprived of the opportunity to represent their countries in qualifying matches for the FIFA World Cup, which is one of the greatest honors for a professional footballer. ‘
In addition, the president stressed that he has suggested that “the United Kingdom Government adopt a strategy similar to that applied in the final rounds of EURO 2020 for the next international periods.”
“Together we have shown solidarity and unity in the fight against COVID-19. Therefore, now I urge everyone to guarantee the transfer of international players for the next qualifiers of the FIFA World Cup ”, sentenced Infantino.