Premier League stars link up with Argentina
Before the international break, a number of Premier League stars were called up to the Argentina squad.
Two of these came from Aston Villa, in the form of Emiliano Martinez and Emi Buendia, whilst Tottenham also had Giovani Lo Celso and new signing Cristian Romero named in the squad.
However, Argentina are currently on the UK’s travel red-list.
As such, with the Albiceleste due to line out at home on the 10th, this would, under the current rules in place across the UK, have meant that all four players would be required to self-isolate for 10 days once back in the UK – leading to them missing a number of club outings.
However, a compromise appeared to have been reached between club and country earlier this week.
Villa confirmed in a statement that Martinez and Buendia would not play in Argentina’s last match on September 10th, to ensure both missed just a solitary club fixture.
Tottenham, meanwhile, did not include Argentina’s last game on their schedule for the international break, suggesting that they had the same agreement in place.
Recent comments on the part of Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni, however, hinted that the aforementioned players would in fact be involved in the country’s final game of the break.
This came despite the Premier League having agreed that no player would be released for international duty to a red-list country in September.
Premier League quartet investigated
And now, as well as looking set to ignore the Premier League, the four stars from Spurs and Villa also appear to have found themselves in trouble in Brazil.
As per The Athletic, the quartet are under investigation on the part of Brazilian authorities after being accused of breaking quarantine rules.
Argentina are set to face off with Brazil at the Corinthians Arena later today. However, with few exemptions, non-Brazilians are currently prohibited from entering the country from Great Britain, Northern Ireland, South Africa or India.
According to The Athletic, any traveller who does so with ‘origin or passage through the United Kingdom, South Africa and India in the last 14 days, when entering Brazilian territory, must remain in quarantine for 14 days.’
A statement from the National Health Surveillance Agency of Brazil claims that when Martinez, Buendia, Lo Celso and Romero arrived in Brazil from Venezuela, they declared that they had not spent time in any of the above countries in the last 14 days.
The statement goes on to add that:
“Yesterday, Friday, unofficial news reached Anvisa reporting alleged false statements made by these travelers.
“False information provided to the Brazilian authorities may constitute sanitary infractions and violation of criminal laws.”
This article was edited by Conor Laird.
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