CONMEBOL decision removes travel dilemma for Everton quartet

Saturday, 6 March, 2021 7comments  |  Jump to last
FIFA's South American conference has suspended the World Cup qualifiers scheduled for later this month meaning that there will no club-versus-country dilemma where the Toffees' Brazilian and Colombian players are concerned.

Both countries had two qualifiers on the calendar at the end of March, with Brazil and Colombia set to meet for the first time in 2022 qualifying before the former faced Argentina and Colombia played Paraguay.

But with three of those countries designated by the UK Government as "red list" for coronavirus variants, it would have required returning players to quarantine for 10 days before resuming Premier League action.

Carlo Ancelotti was joined by the likes of Pep Guardiola in suggesting that he would not allow his South American players — James Rodriguez, Yerry Mina, Richarlison and Allan could all have been called up — to travel for games if they had to quarantine but the decision by CONMEBOL to suspend the matches has removed the issue for now.  

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Tony Everan
1 Posted 06/03/2021 at 17:46:07
There's an outbreak of common sense.

But don't worry, it will be contained and life will soon return to normal.

Jay Wood

2 Posted 06/03/2021 at 18:06:24
Thank fook for that.

The last place to be in this Covid-19-ridden world right now is Brazil specifically, or travelling to two different Latin American countries in less than a week.

Neil Copeland
3 Posted 06/03/2021 at 18:12:10
Seems common sense has prevailed for once.
Paul Birmingham
4 Posted 06/03/2021 at 18:14:43
Good to see some pragmatism and common sense, by CONMEBOL.
Mike Gaynes
5 Posted 06/03/2021 at 18:18:21
Whew. Praise be.

Amazing to see CONMEBOL's craven crooks making a correct decision.

Ian Horan
6 Posted 06/03/2021 at 20:52:59
See South America World Cup games postponed due to quarantine protocol... Great news for our Brazilian and Colombian Hombres Two weeks rest!!!!
Derek Knox
7 Posted 07/03/2021 at 13:29:30
Makes sense in these troubled times, albeit too late, not just South America but teams were flying all over Europe for fixtures, okay some on neutral grounds but the risk has to be there all the same in contracting/spreading Covid-19.

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